The 47th Annual Marathon for Nonpublic Education is Sunday, Oct. 6, at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Detroit Lakes.
Students, staff and supporters of Holy Rosary Catholic School have been busy seeking pledges to help raise funds in conjunction with their commitment to walk, run or bike 11 miles around Big and Little Detroit Lake on marathon day.
"Anyone else who would like to take part in the marathon can do so, for a suggested donation of $10," said Terri Paskey, the school’s advancement director.
The purpose of the marathon is to raise funds to support nonpublic education at Holy Rosary school in Detroit Lakes.
"Most nonpublic schools in the state are participating on this date," said Paskey, though some do schedule their marathons on other days.
Holy Rosary's marathon typically draws between 150-200 participants each year, she added; statewide, the marathon brings in upward of 10,000 participants annually.
"All funds raised at our event go to support Holy Rosary," Paskey said, and are used for the purchase of books, supplies and up-to-date science and technology equipment as well as assisting with the maintenance of the school.
"The members of the Detroit Lakes community have been very supportive of the marathon in the past 46 years," Paskey said, adding that they are hoping to raise a total of $35,000 at next week's event.
Registration for the marathon starts at noon, and continues until the start of the race at 1 p.m. The participants start in the parking lot at Holy Rosary, then proceed south down Washington Avenue toward the city beach and then turn east, following the established route around Big and Little Detroit before arriving back at Lake Avenue and turning north to return to Holy Rosary.
"After the marathon, all the participants will enjoy a free lunch provided by Jimmy John's," Paskey said.
Marathon participants earn prizes based on the amount of pledges they raise, she added. The top fundraiser will earn $200 in cash, while the second-highest fundraiser will receive $100. The third place fundraiser will receive a 7-inch Proscan digital tablet, with case and keyboard, while all participants will receive different prizes for each fundraising milestone they reach, starting at $100 and continuing up to $150, $200 and $300.
"If our school raises the entire $35,000, Father Michael will let himself be 'Silly Stringed' by the students," Paskey said. "If they raise at least $33,000, our principal, Cathy Larson, has agreed to let the top three fundraising students cut her hair and spray it (her remaining hair) red at the awards show on Nov. 1."
Individual classes at the school have also set their own fundraising goals for the marathon, Paskey said with the prize being a special party of their choice (such as bowling, a pizza party, etc.).
Holy Rosary Catholic School, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016, has an enrollment of 138 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Its staff consists of 10 full time and five part-time teachers, as well as a principal and office secretary, Paskey said.