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Pancake Stampede seeking registrants

COVINGTON -- The Newton Education Foundation is registering participants for its Inaugural Pancake Stampede. It's not what you think -- no pancakes will be harmed during this event. Instead, the nonprofit is hosting a 5K cross country race and 1 mile fun run, and those who register will automatically get admission to the Covington Kiwanis Club's Pancake Breakfast that same morning.

Proceeds from the Pancake Stampede, slated for Feb. 2, will benefit the Education Foundation, which provides grant opportunities for Newton County educators.

"It'll be a great way to start off the new year, for your health and the health of the community, through education," board Chair Shannon Davis said. "And you get to be a part of two organizations in Newton County, both doing phenomenal things."The registration deadline is Jan. 18 -- fees are $20 per person for the 5K and $25 after the deadline. For the 1 mile fun run, the cost is $15 during pre-registration or $20 after deadline. There is also a family pack of four registration package available for $50 during pre-registration and $60 afterwards.

The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the 5K off-road cross country race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run at 9:15 a.m. Strollers are allowed only on the fun run. Starting point is the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington. Awards in standard age groups will be handed out at the end of the race.

Runners can pick up packets from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. at the College and Career Academy.

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.reimaginenewton.org and dropped at the Covington Family YMCA or mailed to Newton Education Foundation, PO Box 1586, Covington, GA 30015. Make checks payable to Newton Education Foundation. For more information, email NEFinfo@reimaginenewton.org.

The pancake breakfast will also be held at the College and Career Academy, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race participants must show their race number to gain entry. Friends and family members of runners can also take part in the pancake breakfast by purchasing tickets for $5 at the door.

The Newton Education Foundation late last year funded up to $2,000 in grants for teachers at three local schools on the elementary, middle and high school levels. The foundation's mission is to establish a private fund for public education through donations.