I have looked but can't find a PTA section so am hoping it fits here. We are wanting to hold a fun run for our school. The challenge (I am rather regretfully coming to realise) is that to hold a fun run, you need permission from local councils to close roads, you need medical personnel and you need public liability insurance. All of these things cost so much that it wipes out any funds raised.
Has anyone else held / organised a fun run and if so, can you share any tips? How did you manage to keep costs down? Any advice appreciated.
There is a company that organises all this for you. A school near me held one recently. I'm on my phone so can't google but if you search for goudhurst fun run on runners world you might find the details
our local school uses the school fields attached to the secondary school - they have plenty of fields so it's quite easy to do and just gets sectioned off - marshalls all around it for safety, plenty of water and a first aid station. each year group starts at a different time, parents and younger children also have separate start times. entry fee pays for numbered shirts and medals for the children plus trophies for the winners. or it could be a sponsored event but a minium donation required to cover costs. it's quite easy to do, but pre-registration is essential! prizes for each year group boys & girls plus parents. they looked at going into the streets, but it was far too difficult, although potentially could have raised a lot of money if the wider community got involved.
We've organised a fun run for the last three years and it's our biggest fundraiser. We have it in a local park, so no road closure issues, we have parents who are already trained first aiders, and as far as I know we have had no insurance issues.
We hold a run for adults and a separate, shorter one for the kids. Money is raised through the entrance fee, sponsorship and external sponsors, who pay to have their logos printed on the fun-run t-shirt and the goodie bags that are handed out at the end. I don't know all the details as I'm not directly involved in the organisation, but it is always a huge success and other local schools are now following our lead and have set up their own. (Not nearly as good. Obviously.) Have a look at the NACPTA website. I'm sure you'll find lots on there about the logistics of a run.