Rochester Community Schools Foundation Hometown Hustle 5K and Fun Run

The Rochester Community Schools Foundation invites families to participate on September 18 in the Hometown Hustle 5K and family color fun run. This annual tradition is the premier fundraiser for the RCS Foundation, which supports student learning in Rochester Community Schools through scholarships, school grants and enrichment programs.

“The greater Rochester community recognizes the value of supporting students across our district. For 25 years, these partnerships have enabled the RCS Foundation to enhance opportunities in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics, which includes the district’s orchestra program, social-emotional wellness initiatives, global awareness scholarships, and literacy instruction, to name a few,” said Joann Beydoun, RCS Foundation director.

Individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels can participate in person by running or walking a 5K loop that begins at Chief Financial Credit Union and runs through the historic neighborhoods of Downtown Rochester, the Rochester Municipal Park, and the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails.

There is also a virtual opportunity where participants can choose their own time and course location or families may opt for the more casual color fun-run.

Online registration will remain open until the morning of the event on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children, kindergarten through grade 12. Participants will receive a race package that includes a t-shirt, bib and medal. All community members are welcome to participate, including competitive racers, walkers, children and families with strollers.

“Part of what makes the Rochester area so strong is the incredible investment in education. The RCS Foundation Hometown Hustle is a fun way to support students and meet the community. We are thrilled once again to be the presenting sponsor to kick off the Hometown Hustle right here at our Chief headquarters,” said Chief Financial President and CEO Tom Dluzen. “Seeing hundreds of people gather to support our schools is inspiring. The Chief team is looking forward to ‘hustling’ alongside residents, teachers, local leaders and supporters.”

This year’s Hometown Hustle proceeds will benefit social-emotional wellness initiatives throughout RCS schools. “Students, staff, local families, businesses and community partners contribute to the success of the Hometown Hustle to support our children,” said Beydoun. “We are truly honored to partner with Chief Financial Credit Union, plus many new and legacy sponsors, who recognize the value of investing in the commitment to care for the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally. Together, we will continue to do great things for our students.”

To view a short video about how the RCS Foundation has supported RCS students.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our 2021 sponsors, and we ask the community to please consider supporting the businesses that invest in RCS students,” said Beydoun.

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