A 5K and fun run that benefits the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative in Forsyth County Schools recently brought its largest crowd yet to Shiloh Point Elementary School.
The third annual iRun, one of the Morrow Community Foundation’s two annual fundraisers, was held Saturday morning at the school, which Jim Morrow, owner of Morrow Family Medicine in Cumming, called a “wonderful event.”
“This is one of our two fundraisers – we also hold a golf tournament in the spring,” Morrow said. “The BYOT initiative is just another way to put internet devices in the hands and homes of Forsyth County students.
“We live in a very affluent county but still have areas where kids don’t have internet access; this levels the playing field so they can be successful and break out of any poverty cycle they may be in.”Jim Morrow
“We live in a very affluent county but still have areas where kids don’t have internet access; this levels the playing field so they can be successful and break out of any poverty cycle they may be in.”
Morrow and his wife, Peggie, will present a check to the Forsyth County Board of Education later this year with the money raised from the two events. Last year, the foundation raised $46,500 for BYOT.
Morrow said the events become more successful each year.
“[Saturday] was a phenomenal day,” he said. “We had 568 registered runners and most of those turned out. We also had jumpy houses and face painting and had 85 kids registered for the fun run — by far more than we’ve ever had for [both] runs.
“This event has grown every year and because schools take a huge interest in it, we can usually get a good turnout.”
In addition to holding the runs, Morrow said each year, the foundation gives awards the school or schools with the most participation and most money raised.
This year, Shiloh Point won both titles.
“The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club surprised us with a great check this year too,” Morrow said. “They donated $2,500, which we had no idea about, so we were grateful for that.
“We were also very lucky to have Advanced Disposal and Zaxby’s as sponsors — they led the way with our fundraising.”
Morrow added while he was pleased with the event’s success, it’s the community aspect he most enjoys.
“My favorite part is watching the various people from every age group and ability get behind this whole thing,” he said. “They get in this 5K and walk it or run it or whatever they might do, but they want to be part of it to make it successful and they want to make a difference as well, which is great.”