We’d like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship of the 2019 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 17-18 in 2020. See you then!

Sign up to do a Virtual Laurel Run/Walk

Posted by Chris Anderson - July 5, 2019 - News - No Comments

We know there are many people who would like to be part of the Laurel Memorial Run & Walk but are unable to participate, either because they have other local commitments during Laurel Run; they’ll be out of the area when Laurel Run takes place; they don’t have transportation; or they live outside of Western New York. For this reason, Laurel Run/Walk organizers have created the Virtual Laurel Run/Walk so everyone can have a chance to be part of the event.

Taking part in the Virtual Laurel Run/Walk is simple. First, decide what you want to do – for instance, you could do a 5-kilometer walk or an 8K run, or even take on the 30-mile Laurel-thon. Or you could choose your own distance to walk or run (or bicycle, rollerblade, swim, kayak, etc.). Then, go out and complete your personal Laurel Run/Walk. You can choose to do your Virtual Laurel Run/Walk on the same day as the actual events main Laurel Run; or you can accomplish it over the course of several days, which may be a better option for people who want to cover a long distance such as running 30 miles or bicycling 100 miles. You’re only limited by your imagination! The point is to demonstrate your support for people with special needs by agreeing to Go the Distance and completing your personal Laurel Run/Walk.

Steve Waterson and his running partner, Isaac.

One person who will be doing a Virtual Laurel Run is Steve Waterson. Steve, Community Relations Director for The Resource Center, volunteers for the Silver Creek events every year and therefore isn’t able to take part in the 8-kilometer run.

“Being able to do a virtual Laurel Run is a nice way for me to be able to say that I participated in the event, Steve said. He encourages others to sign up to do a virtual run or walk because it’s a great way to show support for people with disabilities and event founders Wayne and Elaine Hotelling.

For this year’s Virtual Laurel Run, Steve said he and his dog, Isaac, are committed to jogging 50 miles.

“Isaac likes to go running with me, and while I’m doing my pre-run stretching routine he’ll bite my shoes to try to get me to hurry up. People often tell me they’ve seen me and Isaac when we’re out running. So if you see us out pounding the pavement, honk your horn as a show of support for the Laurel Run/Walk.

Participating in the Virtual Laurel Run/Walk is free. To make it official, go to www.laurel-run.com/event-info/virtual-laurel-run and register. If you’re feeling inspired, you can set up a personal fund-raising page and collect donations from family members, friends and co-workers in support of your personal Laurel Run. Everyone who raises or donates at least $30 will receive a 2019 Laurel Run T-shirt and a finisher’s medal made by people with special needs.

Remember to post about your Virtual Laurel Run using the hashtag #LaurelRun.

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