New Grant Supports Eatonville Running Events

Girls on run photoThe Positive Flow Foundation (PFF), a nonprofit organization based in Eatonville that has been working with students from kindergarten to 12th grade for more than six years to inspire them to live positive and healthy lifestyles, has received a $6,300 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) to hold two 5k running events in Eatonville.

The first, the “Run around the Town Kids 5k” will be held in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club in Eatonville at 5 p.m. on October 29, 2014 and will be open to all children and youth in Eatonville. The Boys and Girls Club, with assistance from WPHF staff and volunteers, is starting an eight-week running club for all kids at the club. Participation in this 5k event will serve as the goal for the running club members.

A second running event supported by the grant will be the first annual Eatonville 5k to promote healthy living and exercise among the residents in Eatonville as well as other Central Florida communities on November 15, 2014. The time of the event has not yet been determined.  PFF leaders say they hope the event will help Central Floridians get to know Eatonville and help change perceptions that the town is not safe or welcoming to outsiders.  Participants will run a route that will take them past historic landmarks and expose them to the town’s culture.

“Central Florida residents will have the opportunity to see the Town of Historic Eatonville, and Eatonville residents–including children–will have the opportunity to participate in and be exposed to running events in the Town, many for the first time,” said Brian White, Program Director with Positive Flow Foundation.

Information and registration information will be available soon – save the dates and come out and run or if you’ d like to volunteer to help, contact Lisa Portelli, WPHF Program Director, at lportelli@wphf.org.