Students from St. Peter’s Catholic School, of Delano, have begun asking for the public’s support of their annual “Ride for a Reason,” a six-mile bike ride that will take place in the Delano area, Saturday Oct. 5.
And, for the first time this year, the school is inviting the public to run in a “Ride for a Reason” 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m., just before students and staff begin their bike ride.
The event is associated with the school’s Marathon for Nonpublic Education pledge drive. As in past years, students are asking supporters for names of special people or groups for whom they can ride in memory of or in honor of on that day.
“With every name and cause we collect, we are teaching our students the life-skill to stop, think beyond their own needs, reflect upon others and pray for their well-being,” said St. Peter’s Principal Shannon Calice. “Ride for a Reason falls in step with our mission to provide a foundation for a faith-filled, productive life.”
The school’s preschool through sixth grade students will pray for all names and causes collected during the school year at several Masses, in daily announcements and religion units.
“St. Peter’s School is excited to announce the addition of a 5K Fun Run/Walk, set to take place at 8 a.m., just before the students’ bike ride on Oct. 5,” Calice said. “Runners and walkers of any abilities and their families from Delano and surrounding communities are welcome.”
“Our families have been so inspired by Ride for a Reason that they wanted the public to join in,” she continued. “Near the start line, 5K participants will be encouraged to write on a prayer board the name of a person or cause for whom they will run or walk that day. There will also be a space on their T-shirts to write names. The names on the board will be on our prayer list for the school year.”
Cost for the 5K before Sept. 22 is $25 for adults and $20 for youth ages 12 and younger. Registration after Sept. 22 and on the day of the event is $30 for adults and $25 for youth ages 12 and younger. A T-shirt is included in the fee. Children under age five may participate at no cost. To register, visit www.stpetersschool-delano.com.
By Oct. 5, the school hopes to raise $50,000 and collect more than 1,000 names from both the bike ride and 5K. Names might range from people who are suffering from illness or celebrating milestones, to groups in need of support, such members of the military or families and local businesses impacted by the economy.
Students will add the names they collect to a large Ride for a Reason art mural, designed by teachers and upper-grade students. Local businesses that support Ride for a Reason will appear on the mural, which will be on display for the public to see at the ride’s finish line in Delano Central Park and other public events.
In addition, school staff will guide students during the month in a variety of special activities, such as a daily readings of names collected, special Masses, and educational units that convey the importance of supporting others.
“The Marathon has a rich history at St. Peter’s School, thanks to its founders, the local Knights of Columbus Council (Immaculate Conception Council No. 4653),” Calice said In the mid-1970s, the Council established the Marathon as the successful event that it is today.
“Our unique approach builds on the foundation laid by the Knights of Columbus,” Calice said. “They continue to be an integral part of our Marathon and are deeply supportive of our effort to educate our students about the value of helping others.”
In 2012, more than 120 businesses donated to Ride for a Reason.
Pledges and names can be mailed to St. Peter’s School, 235 S. Second Street, P.O. Box 470, Delano, MN 55328. For information, visit www.stpetersschool-delano.com or call 763-972-2528.
Compiled by Susan Van Cleaf, [email protected]