The annual Super Dolphin Day Race is scheduled for Feb. 23 at St. Simon’s Pier Village.
The 10K is set for 7 a.m., the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m., and the one-mile fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. with proceeds going to St. Simons and Oglethorpe Point elementary schools. Registration is $30 per each event before Feb. 15 and $35 per event after.
Trophies will be presented to the overall top male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K, and medals will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers in the fun run and the top three finishers in each age division of the 5K and 10K.
Just as big a part of Super Dolphin Day is the Pasta Party which held the night before at St. Simon’s Casino Building on Feb. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Race participants can pick up their packets in preparation for the morning run, get a look at silent auction items, and eat in or carry out portions of pasta provided by one of the Pasta Party sponsors, Halyards Catering.
The elementary school Parent-Teacher Association SDDR chairs, Ashlyn Elze and Natasha Williams, have been planning the event since the school year began in August.
The annual fundraiser was originally started by St. Simons Elementary PTA members Creta Nichols and Vickie Myers in 1978, and the first race only included a one-mile fun run. The event was so successful, that the PTA decided to make it an annual tradition with the addition of a 5K, 10K, and a pasta party in the coming years.
Oglethorpe Point Elementary School PTA joined forces with St. Simons Elementary PTA in 1994 to help organize the race and share the proceeds, which are used to purchase items that enrich the students learning experience at both schools. Today, the three races annually attract an average of more than 1,000 participants and spectators, in one of the largest fundraisers for the schools.
For more information about the races, registration, silent auction, and pasta party, as well as additional ways to help the uphill fight to provide the children of our community with the resources they need to thrive, visit superdolphinday.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.