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When: April 30, 2006
9:00 AM
Where: Danada Forest Preserve
south of Butterfield Road on Naperville Road at 3S580 Naperville Road
Contact: Catie Rizzo, 630.690.9273

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Show Your Spartan Spirit: 1st Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk


50th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser for Spartan Sports on April 30th


Wheaton , Ill. – 7 March 2006 - As part of the celebration of St. Francis High School’s 50th Anniversary, the school will be holding the 1st annual “Run a 5K for SAA” fun run and walk to support Spartan athletic needs and wishes. Mark your calendars for the event scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 30 in the Danada Forest Preserve.


Runners should meet on race day just south of Butterfield Road on Naperville Road at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton . The youth one mile will kick off at 8:50 a.m. followed by the 5K run and walk at 9:00 a.m. Registration for the race is $18 if you register prior to April 23rd and $20 after and on race day. The student rate is $15 for the 5K run and walk and the youth mile is $10.


Event participation includes refreshments, awards, goodie bags and runners will receive a T-shirt while supplies last. Runners are invited to register individually or as teams. Winning team will be determined by the average finishing speed. Visit to register online or call Catie Rizzo at 630.690.9273. Checks can be mailed to St. Francis High School , ATTN: SAA 5K, 2130 W. Roosevelt Rd. , Wheaton , Ill. 60187 .


“The values I have learned through a combination of school and sports at St. Francis, has given me strength and character to accomplish anything in my future,” said Nick Rizzo, senior at St. Francis.


At the beginning of each year, the St. Francis Athletic Department submits a “Wish List” to the Spartan Athletic Association. Each earned dollar from Spartan Athletic Association fundraising goes to help St. Francis coaching staff receive items from their “Wish List.” The annual golf scramble is the primary Spartan Athletic Association fundraising event. Through the years, over $78,000 has been donated to purchase items such as uniforms, balls, bags, scoreboards and a gator cart.


If you can’t make it out that day, consider making a donation through sponsorship opportunities or cash donations. Every dollar helps Spartan athletic programs immensely. For additional information, please contact: Bill and Catie Rizzo, Spartan Athletic Association Co-Presidents, 630.690.9273,


Prayer, Belief, Running written by Nick Rizzo , Senior at St. Francis High School :

Prayer and my belief in God is also a lot like running to me.  When out for a run, you are alone with only your own desire to go on.  No one is standing there pushing you and no one will know if you stop.  Every step you take is more difficult than the previous one.  You may never be in that exact spot at that time ever again.  Your love in God and path in life are so beautiful in this very simple moment because of our mortality.  At any time, this run in life could be over.  Sure, there are hills and dips but that is what makes the run worth it.  Running puts you in an ideal prayer situation on your journey.  As you are passing the wonderful creations of God, we can truly comprehend God’s love for us.  Although the journey may be difficult and seem impossible at times, we always know there is Someone waiting for us at the finish.  


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