Run for Literacy set for Sunday |

Run for Literacy set for Sunday

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Get your running shoes and your reading glasses ready — the annual Run for Literacy takes place at Lake Tahoe Community College on Sunday.

The event, featuring 5K and 10K runs, children’s run and a 5K walk for all ages, is just as much a celebration of Literacy Day and includes children’s books for sale, a book exchange and a public reading, as well as community information tables. On May 20, the city proclaimed Literacy Day for June 1.

Runners can register the day of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at a cost of $25 or $10 for students 12th grade and below. Runs will be held on a scenic single-track trail at the college and open to both men and women with age categories of 12 and under; 13-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60-plus. A free kids run will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K and 10K run and 5K walk starting at 9 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the three events and the entry fee covers a T-shirt and post-race raffle ticket for a shot at more prizes and refreshments.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Lake Tahoe Reading Council, with projects designed to promote reading in the community.

“Through word of mouth, word is getting out more about the event,” said Frank Kovac, secretary of the Lake Tahoe Reading Council. “It is for a good cause.”

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The council, comprised of language arts teachers from the area, uses its funds for book drives for Santa’s Magic Ride; the Baby Book Bag program at Barton Hospital; stocking the emergency room bookshelf with children’s books; and providing for appearances by children’s authors at local schools.

This event is a unique mixture of fitness and enthusiasm for reading and has been honored with mention in a national magazines, Kovac noted, adding that kids get a free book as one of the prizes.

“One of our goals is to get a book in anybody’s hands who we can convince to come to the race,” Kovac said.