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Commemorative medals to be given to Laurel Run participants

Posted by Chris Anderson - May 22, 2013 - News - No Comments

With support from longtime Laurel Run volunteer Bruce Main, Russell Herbstritt presses a cookie cutter into clay to make the heart-shaped commemorative medals.

In a move that will make the Laurel Run experience even more special, participants at this year’s event will be given commemorative medals made by individuals with developmental disabilities.

For years, prizes and medals have been given to overall winners and the top-three male and female performers in each age group in the 8K Run and the 5K Walk.  This year, acknowledging that it is an accomplishment just to complete the hilly 8K course (dubbed “The toughest race you’ll love to run”), Laurel Run organizers decided to look into giving commemorative medals to all Laurel Run finishers.

For the past two years, individuals in the “Future Strivers” room (located at The Resource Center’s Day Habilitation Program on Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown) have made ceramic medals for the Laurel Run age-group winners.  The Future Strivers eagerly accepted the challenge to make commemorative medals for this year’s Laurel Run.

Longtime Laurel Run volunteer Robin Kestler supports Willie Eschwie in painting the commemorative medals.

Longtime Laurel Run volunteer Robin Kestler supports Willie Eschwie in painting the commemorative medals.

“We think the commemorative medals are going to be a great addition to this year’s Laurel Run,” said Steve Waterson, one of the event’s organizers.  “For one thing, the medal will be a nice keepsake for everyone who takes part in Laurel Run.  And, the medal lets everyone know that we appreciate the support they show to people with disabilities by coming out to tackle the 8K Run or the 5K Walk.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Future Strivers for making these awesome medals.”

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