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5K to help provide internet to Forsyth County Schools students
Morrow Community Foundation hosting event Saturday
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Register here for Saturday's iRun for BYOT 5k.

For the second year in a row, the Morrow Community Foundation is hosting its iRun for BYOT — a 5K and “fun run” that will be held Saturday to benefit students in need.

The run, a benefit for the Forsyth County Schools Bring Your Own Technology initiative, will be held at Shiloh Point Elementary School, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the fun run beginning at 9:15 a.m.

There will be face painters and other family-friendly events, and the weather is expected to be gorgeous, said Peggie Morrow, one of the charity’s founders.

The foundation was established four years ago after spouses Jim and Peggie Morrow realized Forsyth County students needed internet access.

“We started this charity and hold fundraisers to give money to the Forsyth County schools to provide students [with] internet access,” Peggie Morrow said.

When they first started, she said, more than 1,000 students were without internet access at home.

Though the foundation has reached about 400 homes, 600 families in the county with school-aged children still don’t have access, she added.

Money raised at events like the iRun go toward installing modems throughout homes in the county.

“The cool thing about these devices is they’re hotspots and can connect up to 10 devices,” Morrow said. “So kids who don’t have access but have a neighbor who does can go over and do homework, connecting their device [to the neighbors’].”

To increase its fundraising, the foundation now holds two annual events: a golf tournament in May and now the iRun.

They held a third fundraiser this summer — bubble soccer — though she said it did not do as well as they hoped.

So far, registration for Saturday’s run has more than doubled from the same time last year, with more than 300 runners currently signed up.

Registration will remain open until the beginning of the event Saturday.

The runs will also function as a competition between Forsyth County schools, with the campuses vying to bring home one of two titles: most money raised and greatest number of participants.

Everyone registering must select a school to represent, and the top school in each category will receive a plaque.

Morrow said while strollers are allowed, they have a no-dog policy in place.

In December, the foundation will present a check to the Forsyth County Board of Education.

In the last three years, they have raised more than $120,000.

Advanced registration is $25 per person for those aged 11 and up and $15 for children 10 and under.

Children will receive a medal for participating.

Day-of registration will increase to $30.

For more information and to register, visit forsythbyotbenefit.org/irun-for-byot.html.