5K Celebrates Late Principal’s Love of Reading

A stampede of almost 1,000 runners and walkers were sent through Ashburn neighborhoods Sunday morning with the goal of raising money for a good cause and memorializing a beloved educator.

The third annual Making a Difference Memorial 5K Walk/Run honored the legacy of Sanders Corner Elementary School Principal Kathleen Hwang, who was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street in 2012.

Since her death, the school’s parents, teachers and students have worked to carry on some of the educational programs Hwang started, including the “I Read to the Principal” program. The reading program provided an opportunity for every student, from kindergarten to fifth grade, to go to the principal’s office to read a book.

Money raised from Sunday’s run will help establish “I Read to the Principal” programs at four other elementary schools, and fund professional development for teachers and other school staff.

The top finishers in the male and female categories each received a trophy and a $100 gift certificate to Potomac River Running.  All finishers received a button after completing the race. View the winners of each category here.

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