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Record turnout for 5K

The Run High Bridge 5K — presented by the Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation and Centra Southside Community Hospital — took place Saturday and saw 178 participants which, according to event organizer Linda Lineweaver, was a record.

She said in years past the event raised approximately $12,000 a year, which went directly into the foundation’s scholarship and grant fund.

“I’m certainly hoping that we have met that, it’d be nice if we exceeded that,” Lineweaver said.

She said this was the biggest event they’d had.

“We actually had a 4-year-old run which was the youngest runner we’ve ever had and I think five or six in the 70s and above category,” Lineweaver said.

The foundation is a 501c3 non-profit.

“We’ve been established since 2002 and we provide teacher grants, these are things teachers would love to see in their classrooms, things that they feel would students and something that goes from year to year, but is not going to be able to really be funded through the school budget,” Lineweaver said.

She said teachers give them ideas of what they’d like to fund each year and the foundation funds what it can.

“We also offer scholarships to anyone who has ever graduated from Cumberland High School, not just seniors on target this year to go to college,” Lineweaver said. “Anyone who may be deciding to go back to, for instance, a trade school.”

She said the 5K is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser.