Photo: Poster for the sixth annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run.
The Foundation for Belmont Education, which is celebrating a quarter century of providing funds to improve educational opportunities for Belmont’s children and teachers, invites runner and all others to participate in the sixth annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run being held on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The Run takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Both the 5K (3.1 mile) and 2K race options begin at the Belmont High School Track, 221 Concord Ave., and take runners on a scenic route through Belmont.
To register for the race, volunteer on race day, or donate to the FBE, visit www.fbe-belmont.org/run.
The annual race is held in memory of the late Dan Scharfman, a dedicated advocate of technology and innovation in education. More than 850 runners from towns throughout Massachusetts participated in last year’s Run, raising more than $25,000 for the Belmont public schools.
“In six, short years the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run has grown from an idea to becoming a Belmont ‘fall classic’ and a must-do event on the town’s crowded calendar. Thanks to the support of the community and amazing sponsors like CitySide Subaru and many others, the Run has become a vital source of funding for the Foundation for Belmont Education and our public schools. In total, the Scharfman Run raised more than $125,000 in its first five years,” said race co-director and FBE Board Member Paul Roberts.
“Most importantly, the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run has become an occasion for the community to celebrate the life of an amazing man. As a friend and running partner of Dan’s, I know this aspect of the race–the coming together and celebrating community—is what Dan would take the most pride in. We’re looking forward to a great turnout this year, with proceeds from the event supporting the adoption of innovative teaching tools and methodologies. So, on Sept. 30, lace up those running shoes, come out, and earn the right to say, ‘I ran the Dan!’” said Roberts.
This year, the FBE is celebrating its 25th year of making a difference in the Belmont Public Schools. The FBE funds a wide array of projects—from small grants that benefit a single classroom to large programs designed to benefit students in an entire grade or school. Grants are awarded in all curriculum areas and include professional development for teachers and educational technology.
Thanks to community volunteers and donations from Belmont residents and businesses, the FBE gives an average of $225,000 to the Belmont Public Schools each year, awarding more than $3.6 million to date.