On Friday, October 14, Active 4 Youth will host its annual fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center, Centennial Ballroom. For over seven years, Active 4 Youth has played an essential role in encouraging youth to live healthier lives through after-school sports programs. Cross-country running empowers kids through physical activity and aerobic challenges; however, races are not funded by any of the area school districts.

Last year, over 6,000 elementary students participated in Active 4 Youth. The program is free to boys and girls in Spokane Public Schools and Central Valley and West Valley school districts, and this fundraiser is the primary support for these city-wide events. Tickets for the fundraiser dinner start at $50 each for couples, and they include live music, a dinner buffet, drink tickets, plus silent and live auctions. Best of all, the honored guest for the evening is Bernard Lagat – a 13-time medalist in World Championships and Olympics.

Lagat graduated from Washington State University in 2000. He has competed in five Summer Olympics, and he is the American record holder in the indoor 1,500-meter and indoor mile, as well as the 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter, and 5,000 meter outdoors. This is an incredibly unique chance to meet a living sports legend while you’re supporting the next generation of Spokane runners. Go to the website or the Active 4 Youth Facebook page to learn more about the auction items. VIP passes are also available for those seeking pre-party admission to mingle with the unstoppable Lagat. You can register online at Active4youth.org. //