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Scenes from past Trek for Tech runs. 
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Students at Infant Jesus of Prague School — and their supporters — will take to the streets next weekend to raise funds for technology in the classroom.

More than 250 runners and walkers will take part in IJP’s third Trek for Tech 5K Race on Saturday, April 9. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Flossmoor Road and Leavitt. Participants will follow the course through Flossmoor’s Heather Hill neighborhood before returning to the finish line at IJP.

Community members of all ages are welcome to take part in the race. Registration is open until the start of the race. Interested persons can sign up on the day of the race or sign up online at www.ijpschool.org/TREKFORTECH5K.aspx.

Advance registration costs are $30 for adults, $25 for children 14 and under and $25 each for groups of four or more registering together. Race day registration costs $40. There is a discount for participants who live along the race course.

IJP Principal Natalie Formica said the Trek for Tech was started two years ago to raise funds to acquire additional educational technology at the school.

“In our first two years we have raised over $30,000, which has gone directly to the purchase of new laptops for our lab, new software and the purchase of Chromebooks for all our junior high students, providing them experience in a one-to-one learning environment,” Formica said.

Technology costs are high and the race is an important fundraiser for new learning tools at the school, she added.

“Proceeds from this year’s event will help us improve and expand our technology even further,” Formica said.

On the day of the race intersections along the 5K course will be blocked off from 7:45 to 10 a.m. During the race, traffic will be allowed to slowly pass through the intersections as drivers yield to runners and walkers. Marshals will be stationed at each corner along the route to assist with that process. 

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