Premier to sponsor Laurel Run Flag Relay
The Laurel Run Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Premier Consulting Associates has agreed to sponsor the Laurel Run Flag Relay again this year.
This year’s flag relay takes place Friday, July 17. The relay is the traditional kickoff to Laurel Run weekend. Beginning at The Resource Center’s Michael J. Raymond Center in Jamestown, volunteer runners transport Laurel Run flags 30 miles to Dunkirk. The runners include TRC employees; representatives of area school districts; and employees of the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, who join the relay as it passes through Fredonia and then lead the runners to the finish while jogging in cadence.
At the relay’s conclusion in Washington Park, the City of Dunkirk hosts a victory celebration for all participants. As the last relay runners arrive, they are greeted by cheers from individuals with disabilities and their support staff from The Resource Center.
The various legs of the Laurel Run flay relay are typically 1 to 3 miles in length, and many people opt to run more than one leg. However, the past two years have seen several people cover the entire 30-mile route by foot (we call it the “Laurel-thon”), and at least four people have indicated they will attempt to complete the Laurel-thon this year.
Laurel Run co-founders Wayne and Elaine Hotelling say the flag relay serves several purposes. The relay symbolically connects the northern and southern sections of Chautauqua County. Because many individuals with disabilities are not able to make it to Silver Creek for the main Laurel Run events, the flag relay kickoff ceremony in Jamestown and the victory celebration in Dunkirk make it possible for them to take part in Laurel Run. And, having students run the relay instills in them an understanding and appreciation for people with disabilities.
Click here if interested in taking part in the flag relay or the Laurel-thon. For more information, contact Wayne and Elaine Hotelling (934-3952 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Waterson at The Resource Center (661-4735 or email@example.com).
We again thank Premier Consulting Associates for its continued sponsorship of the Flag Relay. The Resource Center invites its many vendors and other area businesses to sponsor Laurel Run, either though a financial contribution or by providing items for the Laurel Run raffle and Chinese auction. To learn more about sponsorship options, contact Steve Waterson at 661-4735.