Going the Extra Yard for Teachers in the 2018 Extra Yard 5K

Written by Christian Koelle
Atlanta, GA – On the eve of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, Sunday morning kicked off with the Extra Yard 5K marathon. The 5K took place in downtown Atlanta around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and next to the Phillips Arena.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Extra Yard for Teachers, a cause brand of the CFP Foundation that aims to improve the teaching profession using partners from the CFP. The 5K helps promote the mission on a platform seen by thousands of people across the country.

Runners battled 24-degree temperatures with the highest finishing male and female earning two tickets to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Though winning these game tickets are the motive behind some runners, others were participating with an educator in mind. Whether it be a family member, a family friend, or if they were a teacher themselves.


​“It’s really cool, especially for APS (Atlanta Public Schools) because they really need it,” stated one of the runners who has been a teacher for five years. “We spend a lot of money on our own stuff all the time so to help them it’s really cool.”

While the field of runners consisted of teachers, it also included its fair share of members of the Atlanta Track Club. The two organizations worked together and formed another platform that would attract the running community. The event gave runners the opportunity to do something they love, while also showing support for those who have been impactful in their lives.

A pair of tickets to the game were still available, even if you did not win the race. A raffle for two additional tickets gave some fans hope that they may be able to attend the game, with some fans stating, “they told us there was a raffle for tickets, it was the best shot we had.”

Whether it was running for the teachers or the tickets, this event gave the foundation a platform to raise awareness for the people who pave the road for the future. For more information about the Extra Yard for Teachers foundation, visit their website.

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