Banks Elementary School to hold 8th Annual Banks Linear Trail Brave Run

Banks – A group of teachers and community volunteers at Banks Elementary School are hard at work promoting the 8th annual Banks Braves Run, a popular race that raises funds for new technology purchases at the elementary school.

The race, held this year on Saturday, May 19, is expected to draw more than 300 participants who will run or walk a 5k or 10k route beginning and ending at the Banks High School track at Kelley Field and continuing on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.

In the last seven years the race has been running, more than $35,000 has been raised for new tech purchases for classrooms at the Banks Elementary School, according to Teri Braun, a teacher and a co-director of the race.

Overhead projectors, tablets, iPads, and software purchases are among the items purchased using funds from the race, and all are used in the classrooms at the Banks Elementary School.

Online registration for the race is open until Tuesday, May 15 at; registration on the day of the race is available with a $10 fee increase.

In addition to the race, participants can join in on a costume contest – with a theme of “Running Wild on the Linear Trail for Kids and Technology,” participants can show up in an animal-themed costume or other costume – check the race’s website for more information on how to register for the costume contest.

In addition to race registration fees, business sponsorships also raise funds for the school – so far this year, Cedar Mountain Construction,  Ireland and Ireland, and Mountain View Medical have become sponsors, with Jim’s Thriftway, Sappo Hill Soap, Starbucks, Tendercare Dental, Road ID, and Alleyway Photography providing in-kind donations.

To become a business sponsor, visit and click the ‘sponsorship’ tab in the menu.

Volunteers are also needed at the race- according to Braun, it takes about two dozen volunteers to plan and run the race. Interested readers can sign up to volunteer at

Online registration is $20; Banks School District employees can participate for $10. Visit the event’s website to register and for full schedules and more race information.

Sources and more information:

Teri Braun, race co-director