We’d like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship of the 2016 Laurel Run! Without your kind contributions none of this would be possible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! For those already thinking about next year’s event it’s already being planned and will take place July 14-15 in 2017. See you then!

Kwik Fill to raise money for Laurel Run in July

Posted by Chris Anderson - June 25, 2016 - 8K Run, Promotions, Relay Run - No Comments

Area residents can show their support for people with disabilities by buying a paper sneaker at Kwik Fill.

From July 1 through July 17, United Refining Company’s Kwik Fill and Red Apple Food Mart locations will be selling paper sneakers to raise money for the 20th annual Laurel Run.

This is the 14th straight year that Laurel Run organizers have partnered with United Refining.  The sneakers – which bear a photo of event namesake Laurel Hotelling – will be sold at participating locations in Chautauqua and Erie counties in New York, and in Warren County, PA.  Customers who buy a sneaker can write their name on the sneaker and have it displayed in the store.  The suggested donation is $1, but donations of any amount are appreciated.

All of the sneaker money raised in Chautauqua County will go to Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center and TRC Foundation to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.  Money raised in Erie and Warren counties will be split with organizations that support people with disabilities in each of those counties.  In Erie County, proceeds from the sneaker sales will be split with Heritage Centers; in Warren County, money will be split with Bollinger Enterprises, Inc.

Laurel Run was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome.  Laurel Run seeks to raise public awareness about individuals with disabilities while providing an opportunity for people with disabling conditions, and those without, to come together at a fun, family-friendly event.

This year’s Laurel Run takes place July 15 and 16.  The first day consists of a relay run from Jamestown to Dunkirk.  The following day in Silver Creek there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs, and “Laurel’s Lap,” in which individuals with disabilities take a lap around the track at the village ball field.  There also will be a party featuring free food, live music and activities for adults and children.

For more information about Laurel Run, call (716) 661-4735.  Details also can be found by visiting www.laurel-run.com.

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