Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 25, 2013

Run for the Roar 5K scheduled for April 14

Staff report
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — Summit and Ponderosa Elementary schools will have its annual FUTUREā€ˆLIONS: Run for the Roar 5K on April 14, near Boyd County High School.

“This is our second 5K,” said Vicki Aleshire, Summit Elementary’s PTO President. “Last year’s turnout exceeded all expectations. We had more than 150 people in the 5K plus over 100 kids in the 2012 Kids Fun Run.

“We expect that number to increase thanks to the addition of a kids new bubble-filled finish line concept developed by Leslie Hereford, our race director.”

When the signal is given, children will race — according to their grades of kindergarten through fifth grade — toward a bubble-filled finish line, cheered on by a roaring and clapping crowd. Child registration is discounted at $10. Each pre-registered child by April 4 will receive a custom t-shirt and participation medal.

To enhance family fun, registered students can join a supervising registered adult for the 5K for free. The mid-Sunday race date also increases opportunities for families to enjoy time together.

Pre-registered adult entries (ages 14+) are $20 and guarantee a t-shirt. The last day to pre-register for both categories is April 4. Adult day of race fee is $25. All adults are entered in door prize drawings, which top $1,500. To register, log onto tristateracer.com.

Adult runners participate by running, walking or “shadow running” — a special category for supporters who either are unavailable or physically unable to participate.

“We’re getting a lot of response from people wanting to participate in this year’s 5K — both from walkers, runners and the business community,” said Hereford.

Businesses wanting to sponsor or donate door prizes can call Summit Elementary at (606) 928-6533 or email Leslie.Hereford@boyd.kyschools.us. Sponsors are invited to set up informational tables at the event for no additional charge.

The all-volunteer operation brings out the best in everyone, said Hereford. Months of planning go into all of the details.

“It’s a great example of unity between Ponderosa and Summit’s families, staff and community supporters,” she said. “That unity is even shown through the 5K’s name: FUTURE LIONS: Run for the Roar. Even though we represent two elementaries, we will ultimately join together as Lions at our Boyd County High School.”

Gates open at 1 p.m. with special group pre-race pictures starting at 1:45 p.m. Pre-registration packet/t-shirt pick-up and race day registration is 2-2:50 p.m. The Bubble Run, which is one-tenth of a mile, begins at 2:45 p.m., immediately followed by the 5K. The day wraps up with race trophies and medals for the categories, which are broken up into four-year increments ranging from 14 to 70-plus. The race will take place rain or shine.

Proceeds from the 2012 event helped fund educational needs at Ponderosa, according to their PTO President Serenna Vipperman. Summit used its funding to complete their nearly two-year playground renovation drive and kick off a drive to purchase a 30-unit mobile iPad lab.