The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) is planning another busy year of events and fundraising to support enrichment grants to our district schools.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, GDEF hosts its third annual Octoberfest 5K Road Race, Walk and Kids Run, at Larter Memorial Field, Groton Street, Dunstable. The 5K road race and walk takes place on a certified closed course and the kids run features races for Grades K through 6 on the Larter track. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 9 a.m. and kids races by grade level beginning at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in each age category of the 5K, with medals and ribbons for the kids.

Again this year, Groton's Main Street Café is generously providing food for purchase and live music, Cheryl Steinhoff Photography will offer free downloads of event photos to participants and Goss Farm in Dunstable is providing pumpkins for painting and "cow train" rides for the kids. Register by Sept. 24 to receive a registration discount and a guaranteed T-shirt. For information and to register online or by mail, visit www.gdefinc.org.

In announcing the event sponsors, race director Sarah Eisenklam said, "GDEF is extremely grateful to area businesses for stepping up to support public education in these tough financial times. Last year's event raised over $10,000 for grants.


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Based on the generous donations we've received from sponsors, we're well on our way to topping that. We're hoping lots of community members will turn out to run or walk to benefit our schools."

The list of Octoberfest sponsors includes: Winners Circle - Groton Medical Associates; Gold Level - Stonehedge Inn & Spa of Tyngsboro; Silver Level - Bemis Associates, Block and Blade Landscaping, Broughton Woodworks, DCU for Kids, Gervais Ford, Gilbride Electric, Lowell General Hospital, Murphy Insurance, Sports Authority, TADS (Teenage Depression & Anxiety Solutions), Tyngsboro Sports Center, Ursula Graf Real Estate, and Workers Credit Union; Bronze - BHP Movers, Buckingham Bus, Chelmsford Holdings, Fitness Your Weigh, GD Youth Basketball League, GD Youth Lacrosse League, GD Youth Soccer Club, Goss Farm, Luth's Family Karate & Harmony Yoga, McWalter, Barron & Boisvert, LLC; Road ID, and Turf Unlimited; Friends - Allied Waste, An Affair to Remember by Angela, Donelan's, Groton Integrated Therapies, Groton Veterinary Hospital, Moison Ace Hardware, Reichheld Ting Orthodontics, Steve Smith Realtor, Templeton Plumbing, and Volante Running. Visit GDEF's website for a complete list of event sponsors.

GDEF's fall grants cycle is currently open with applications due Oct. 26. Teachers and other staff, as well as parents and community organizations, are encouraged to apply for mini-grants in amounts up to $500, and applications can be found on its website. The GDEF booth at Grotonfest on Sept. 22 will offer a new kid's game, "Putting for Pops," and will raffle off free race registrations. To learn about all of GDEF's activities, visit www.gdefinc.org.