Annual literacy walk will take place April 6

The 13th annual Bill Gallagher Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk for Literacy, hosted by the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF), takes place Saturday, April 6.

It will be held at the Anoka High School, 3939 Seventh Ave. N., Anoka, this year. Registration starts at 8 a.m., the pre-k run is at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk event is at 9 a.m.

All of the money raised from the event goes to Anoka-Hennepin schools to support literacy. Each school receives funds in proportion to the number of participants from that school. Children participating receive a free book.

New this year, instead of runners receiving awards, all participants will be eligible for prize drawings.

“This fun event is about bringing parents, students and staff together to support health and literacy in our communities and schools,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF.

“We want everyone to feel included, not just our competitive runners.”

Last year more than 700 participants came out to support students and more than $7,500 was distributed to District 11 schools, according to DeGeest.

“We especially appreciate our event sponsors that help keep our overhead costs down so we can give more back to the schools,” DeGeest said.

Last year’s sponsors included AKA Sport, Allina Health, Anoka Rotary, Horace Mann Insurance, Lanigan and Kolb, State Farm (Mike Orn), Rebyl Sports and United Educators Credit Union.

Stop in at an Anoka-Hennepin school office to get a paper form or go to to register online.

Registration prices are $20 per adult, $10 per student, with a household cap of $50. Call DeGeest at 763-506-1105, with any questions.