Mayor Greg Stanton helps kick off Great Hearts 5K Victory Run

Archway Veritas and Veritas Prep Academy students run in their school 5K in 2014. This year's Victory Run takes place on Nov. 14 and the community is invited to participate. (photo by Dolores Tropiano)

Archway Veritas and Veritas Prep Academy students run in their school 5K in 2014. This year’s Victory Run takes place on Nov. 14 and the community is invited to participate. (photo by Dolores Tropiano)

Mayor Greg Stanton will help kick off the second annual Victory Run beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 14. at the Arizona Falls in Phoenix.

The 5K event is a community building fundraiser for Archway Veritas and Veritas Prep Academy and is expected to draw hundreds of students, teachers, parents and members of the community.

The Victory Run begins just east of the intersection of 56th Street and Indian School Road and continues east to 68th Street and back.

The two charter schools stress the importance of building great hearted students and in the case of the race, this directive involves developing physically fit hearts as well.

“As a Mayor who heavily supports both education and physical fitness, I’m honored to help kick off the second-annual Victory Run,” stated Mayor Greg Stanton in a press release. “This is fun way for the Great Hearts community to burn some calories, support education and help a pair of outstanding schools improve their playground and sports facilities all at once.”

The cost of participating in the race is $35 and includes a race timing chip, bib number and t-shirt. Funds raised will be used to improve the school’s athletic facilities. The K-5 elementary and 6-12 prep school are located south of Indian School on 56th street.  They plan to build out a locker room for visiting sports teams and purchase playground equipment for kindergarten through 5th grade students, stated the release.

“We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s wonderful event,” stated Douglas Minson, headmaster for Veritas Prep, in the release. “It’s tremendous fun for our students and families–I can’t imagine a better way to come together with our community to promote physical fitness and support the important work of our school.”

Other participants  in the race are  Archway Veritas Headmaster  Mary Frances Jeffries and Erik Twist, CEO of Great Hearts Arizona.  Event sponsors are Evergreen Devco, Inc., Haus Boxing, The TEAM Russ Lyon Sothebys, Clark Wayland Multifamily Development, Isagenix, Forrester & Worth PLLC, Camelback Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, The Donor Solution, NextCare Urgent Care, Irun, Novoa Marketing Solutions and Dr. Budd Orthodontics.

For more information, contact Sarah Marbach, Director of Academy Giving at 602-396-0276. Race information and registration at www.veritasvictoryrun.com

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