Proceeds from the second annual Roadrunner Run on April 28 will benefit SON Ministries' "Hilliard Free Summer Lunch for Kids" program and the wellness committee of the Ridgewood Elementary School PTO.

Proceeds from the second annual Roadrunner Run on April 28 will benefit SON Ministries' "Hilliard Free Summer Lunch for Kids" program and the wellness committee of the Ridgewood Elementary School PTO.

"Our ultimate goal is to put in a walking track at the school," said Carrie Neal, race co-director. "We included a charity to teach the kids about giving back to the community. SON Ministries is our charity. Last year, we gave them over $1,200."

In its first year, the Roadrunner event drew more than 600 people, Neal said. This year's event promises to be bigger with sponsorship by AussieFIT and professional timing by Premier Racing. The Roadrunner will include a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile fun run and a toddler trot. Some adults do the 5K run and then the fun run with their children, Neal said. The events start at 9 a.m. in Ridgewood Estates, with a post-race party on the elementary grounds at 4237 Dublin Road.

Neal and co-director Michelle Schmidt developed the Roadrunner, named after the school mascot. Ridgewood principal Tamar Campbell-Sauer said she introduced Neal and Schmidt, who both were runners.

"I'm thinking, 'We'll have a little event here,' and they made it such an amazing event," Campbell-Sauer said. "It's just really a fun event showcasing that being active and healthy and exercising together as a family and a community can be fun. I was just impressed that two parents took this idea and made it such a community event. We're thrilled that this is an event we're going to do every year."

"The best part last year was seeing all those kids," Neal said. "We had so many first-time runners and walkers, and you should have seen their faces when they came across the finish line. They were beaming. A lot of the families that came had never done any kind of activity like that before, and they loved it."

Campbell-Sauer, who also is a runner, said she plans to race in the Roadrunner.

"I challenged the staff and students that anybody that beats me at the 5K, I will buy them lunch," she said. "They've been training since last year, and I'm not as fast as a fifth-grader."

To register, go to www.theroadrunnerrun.info.