Flag Relay kicks off Laurel Run activities
The 2012 Laurel Run will begin Friday, July 20, with the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk flag relay.
The day begins with a free, community breakfast at The Resource Center’s Michael J. Raymond Center on Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown from 8:00 to 9:00. Following speeches, everyone proceeds together as a group up the sidewalk to Eighth Street, where the first set of relay runners head off.
Along the way, representatives from area school districts (cheered on by people with disabilities at various points along the route) run different legs of the relay as it moves up Route 60 to Laona, then through Fredonia to the finish at Washington Park in Dunkirk. There, the city will host the annual Laurel Run Relay victory celebration.
Local law enforcement agencies escort the runners along portions of the relay to better ensure their safety.
The highlight of the relay comes at the end, when employees of the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility join the runners for the last few miles. Jogging in cadence, the group makes for an inspiring site as they reach the finish, where the Lakeview employees present the Hotelling family with a flag made at the prison. The last set of runners typically arrives at Washington Park between 1:15 and 1:30. Come out to cheer them on and show your support for people with disabilities!
The 2012 Laurel Run relay is being sponsored by Premier Consulting Associates.