Inaugural ‘Let Me Run’ 5K in Great Falls

Inaugural ‘Let Me Run’ 5K in Great Falls

The first race finisher is Jaxon Palmer, 10 years old.  His finishing time was 21:10.

The first race finisher is Jaxon Palmer, 10 years old. His finishing time was 21:10. Patrick Kelly

It was an inspiring Saturday morning Nov. 4 as Great Falls Elementary hosted the inaugural "Let Me Run” Elementary 5K Race. The hometown event gathered students, dedicated PTA members, neighbors and enthusiastic parents to celebrate the health, fitness, and bright future of elementary school boys and the spirit of community.

The "Let Me Run" Elementary 5K Race is a testament to the power of determination, camaraderie, and the joy of physical activity.  “Let Me Run” is a national running program for elementary school boys. After many requests by parents for a boys’ running program that was similar to Girls on the Run, the Great Falls Elementary PTA searched for a program which led them to find “Let Me Run.” Running not only develops happier and healthier children but it can teach self discipline, confidence, perseverance, and brotherhood. Great Falls Elementary is the first school of hopefully many in Fairfax County to implement the program.

Thirty young athletes took part in the “Let Me Run” program, with their beaming faces and infectious enthusiasm setting the tone for the entire event. Community members, parents, and volunteers lent their support.

"The ‘Let Me Run’ 5K Race is about more than just running. It's about building a sense of accomplishment and instilling a love for a healthy, active lifestyle in our young students," said Kelly Singer, the head coach at Great Falls Elementary. 

The participants were cheered on and joined by the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department, parents, neighbors, and fellow students who lined the race route, waving signs and offering encouragement and water. The finish line was under a colorful balloon arch made by local balloon artist Elle Dickerson and a sea of high-fives, hugs, and proud smiles as each child received a finisher medal.

In addition to the race itself, the event included a variety of post-race treats and beverages donated by local businesses. 

"We are immensely proud of the students' determination and dedication," said Sara Harper, principal of Great Falls Elementary. "The ‘Let Me Run’ 5K Race is an incredible experience that not only promotes physical fitness but also fosters teamwork and self-confidence in our young learners."

Great Falls Elementary PTA extends a special thank you to Brushstroke Properties, Great Falls Safeway, Costco, and Pat Premier DJ Services for their support,.