Brookview Montessori School hosts 6th Annual Pirate Run 5K/10K

Brookview Montessori School hosts 6th

Annual Pirate Run 5K/10K on September 21


Benton Harbor, MI.-Brookview Montessori School welcomes the public on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:30 am to join in the fun at the 6th Annual Brookview Pirate Run. For 3 years, the school held their annual 5K in April. Then in 2014, the event was moved to September with the addition of a Pirate theme and a 10K run option. Both kids and adults alike get into the fun and don pirate costumes!

Participants can run or walk the 5K distance, and runners may choose to complete two laps of the route for a 10K distance. The stroller friendly course loops from the Brookview Montessori School campus through the beautiful Benton Township River Park along the St. Joseph River. Ye might even spy a pirate or two... arrghh matey!

"This event offers many options for families. To encourage healthy activity for children, we welcome youth ages 10 and under to participate in the free Kids' Fun Run at 8:30 am," says Larry Schanker, Executive Director of Brookview Montessori School. "We are thankful for the generous donations from our community sponsors who contribute to making this a fun, family-friendly event!"'

2019 brings many new options to the Brookview Pirate Run... Chip-timing and Finisher Medals are included with paid registration, as well as a super soft short sleeve t-shirt! Both the 5K and 10K events are timed, and awards will be presented to Male and Female Overall Finishers in the 10K and 5K Run, and 5K Walk Divisions.  With a focus on family, the race offers many low cost or free options for those with young children:

  • Ages 4 to 6 can register to run or walk the 5K for free, with paid adult
  • Ages 7 to 14 can register to run or walk the 5K for $15, includes t-shirt
  • Ages 10 and Under can register for the Free Kids Fun Run at 8:30 am
  • No charge for kids pushed in strollers during the 5K or 10K events
  • Supervised play in a fenced play area adjacent to the start/finish line is available.
  • A Pirate and Mermaid will be onsite for fun photos!

Fees for adults and youth 15 and over are $25 through September 8, and $30 September 9 through Race Day.  Visit for more details, and to sign up to run, walk, volunteer, or make a donation.

For more than forty years, families in Southwest Michigan have found the Brookview Montessori School community to be a place where nurturing teachers and parents work together to inspire life-long learning and internally motivated, inquisitive children. The school and ten-acre campus offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for children infancy through middle school to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world.  Brookview is one of only two Montessori schools in Michigan to be fully accredited by the American Montessori Society.  Visit for more information.

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