Ready, set, going: Seaside Neighborhood School half marathon and 5k set for March 3

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM.

Bailey said the approximately $250,000 raised last year through this event paid off the school's deficit.

Fortunately, due to the event's scenic location, the fact that it benefits a school, and is sponsored by popular Vera Bradley (all racers get a free tote), the race is very popular and participants come from all over the country — and beyond.

Rick Helfand, president of the board of Seaside School Foundation, started the race. Although he has no children, he said he always wanted to help children when he retired.

"Children are the future of our country and the better kids we produce and can help, the better our future will be," said Helfand.

The Seaside School, Inc. Foundation was founded to support and benefit the Seaside School, Inc. The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors comprised of community and business members, along with educators. One-hundred percent of all donations directly benefit the Seaside School, Inc.

Before retirement, Helfand was an executive with McDonald's.

Thanks to people such as Helfand, who donate hours tirelessly to the school, SNS has consistently been recognized for excellence in education.

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