RunGMSD Races to Support Education in Germantown on April 24

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GMSD--March 3, 2022--On Sunday, April 24, The Germantown Education Foundation presents RunGMSD, a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate and raise funds for all schools in the Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD). Located at the corner of Wolf River Blvd. and Kimbrough Rd. in Germantown, the event begins with a family festival at noon, timed 5K at 2:00 p.m., 1-mile fun Color Run at 3:00 p.m., and awards including the GMSD Teacher of the Year presentation.

This annual event, previously called the GMSD Stampede, is the largest fundraiser for the Germantown

Municipal School District.

“Unfortunately, in 2020 and in 2021, we had to offer families and avid runners the chance to participate in virtual races due to the COVID‐19 pandemic to ensure that we followed Shelby County and CDC protocols. This year, we are beyond excited to be back in person and to provide an extremely fun day for all GMSD students and families,” exclaimed Robyn Rudisill, Executive Director of the Germantown

Education Foundation (GEF).

Rudisill has worked diligently with GMSD staff and a committee of teachers from schools throughout the

district to curate a day that promises to deliver fun and camaraderie for all families and community members throughout Germantown. “As we began to brainstorm and plan the event, we were ecstatic

that we would finally be able to present the race in‐person, like we had done the first four years of the

race. We decided to play on the theme ‘old‐school’ style. From there, we decided the race deserved an

updated name, and this year, a retro theme.” This year’s race logo features RunGMSD on a vintage

boom box.

Chelsea Chandler of ABC24 will serve as master of ceremonies for the day that kicks off at noon with a family festival. The festival features inflatables, a climbing wall, petting zoo, food trucks, sponsor vendors, and bands, including a showcase of student performances. The festival will remain open throughout the afternoon during the race portion. 

Participants may choose to register for either the 5k or 1-Mile run event, or a combination of both. The 1-mile fun run will offer participants the chance to be doused in color, a mixture of colored cornstarch powder. Early bird registration continues through March 18 and provides a $5 discount off the normal $30 registration. Registrants may also choose to be a spirit runner, which is the perfect way to support the schools for nonrunners. To register, visit

Proceeds from the event are given back to the schools in two ways – directly to the school based on their registered participation, and through school and classroom grants administered by GEF. In 2021, the virtual race raised over $38,000 and registered nearly 2,750 participants.

General parking for the event is available in the medical complex at Kimbrough and Wolf River with Stern Cardiovascular, West Clinic and Campbell’s Clinic. A portion of Wolf River Blvd. will be closed the day of the race. Highlights of the 2019 race can be found at 

The full schedule of events includes:

12:00 p.m. – Festival begins
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. – School of Rock Performs/Main Stage
1:35 p.m. – Mayor Palazzolo: Main Stage
1:40 p.m. – Superintendent Jason Manuel: Main Stage
1:45 p.m. – Presentation of the Flag: Main Stage. Girl Scouts
1:45 p.m. – The National Anthem: Main Stage
1:50pm – Todd Lochner, Principle Toyota, “Teacher of the Year” presented with New Car
Winner: Main Stage
2:00 p.m. – 5K Begins
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Main Stage Local Entertainment
3:00/3:15 p.m. ‐ 1 Mile Color Run Begins
4:00 p.m. – Awards: Main Stage‐‐‐Top 3 Male and Female 5K Runners. The school with most participation awarded the coveted Mustang Trophy