Or­ga­niz­ers: “Unity Run XXIV was a great suc­cess”

Calhoun Times - - OBITUARIES - Staff Re­ports

The 24th Unity Run was a great suc­cess and brought so many run­ners, walk­ers and vol­un­teers to both Gor­don Cen­tral High School and Down­town Cal­houn on Tues­day, Sept. 26. The to­tal num­ber of regis­tered run­ners for the 5- K Run/ Walk was 1201, while an­other 68 chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in the AGC Pe­di­atrics 1-K Kid’s Run, mak­ing the 2017 Unity Run the largest in re­cent years.

Ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Vickie Spence, the com­mu­nity comes to­gether for this event ev­ery fall. It is the kick­off event for the United Way of Gor­don County’s fundrais­ing cam­paign. Tra­di­tion­ally, if the Unity Run is a big suc­cess, the cam­paign is also.

One rea­son this year’s run was so much larger was the num­ber of teams walk­ing to­gether from busi­nesses, banks and ma­jor firm sec­tors. The teams in­cluded the fol­low­ing banks: Cen­tury Bank, First Bank of Cal­houn, Ge­or­gia Bank and Trust, Greater Com­mu­nity Bank and North­Side Bank. The Small Busi­ness teams were AGC Pe­di­atrics, Beau­ti­ful Smiles Den­tistry at Red Bud, and Starr Mathews Agency. Ma­jor Firms Teams were Apache Mills, En­gi­neered Floors, Field Turf, Man­ning­ton, Mo­hawk and Shaw. Teams were dressed in match­ing shirts and were eas­ily rec­og­nized as they walked or ran the route. The win­ners in each di­vi­sion are: Banks had a three way tie with all three hav­ing 100 per­cent par­tic­i­pa­tion: First Bank of Cal­houn, Greater Com­mu­nity Bank and North­side Bank. Small Busi­ness win­ner was Starr Mathews In­surance Agency and Ma­jor Firms win­ner was Field Turf. The team with the Most Over­all Par­tic­i­pants was Shaw In­dus­tries.

The Unity Run is a com­mu­nity event. Cal­houn and Gor­don County Schools pro­vided the high school bands, cheer­lead­ers, mas­cots, school buses and driv­ers while the Chick- fil- A cows are al­ways cheer­ing the 1- K and 5- K run­ners. The fin­ish line on Court Street was lined with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all three high schools is a tra­di­tion that is al­ways praised by run­ners.

A spe­cial thanks to Gor­don Cen­tral High School Prin­ci­pal Doug Clark and the cus­to­dial staff of the school for reg­is­tra­tion set up and John Rain­wa­ter and Re­becca Ta­tum for their help with the 1- K run.

The stu­dents from the Cal­houn In­ter­act Club and em­ploy­ees from Old Navy also vol­un­teered to stuff the goody bags. Stu­dents from Sono­rav­ille helped with the Unity Run spon­sor­ship signs on the route un­der the lead­er­ship of Jeff DeFoor, di­rec­tor of the City of Cal­houn Elec­tri­cal Depart­ment. The City of Cal­houn Fire Depart­ment, with help from the elec­tri­cal depart­ment, hung the fin­ish line ban­ner and set up the sprin­kler sys­tem for the run­ners. Cal­houn Po­lice and Gor­don County Sher­iff’s deputies han­dled the road clo­sures and pro­vided se­cu­rity. The Sher­iff In­mate Pro­gram picked up spon­sor signs and lit­ter after the run. The Cal­houn Recre­ation Depart­ment han­dled the set- up for the 5- K fin­ish line and clean- up along with mem­bers of the Cal­houn HOSA Club and United Way Board Mem­bers. Em­ploy­ees from Ge­or­gia Bank and Trust and North Ge­or­gia Na­tional Bank as­sisted board mem­bers and former board mem­bers as they han­dled reg­is­tra­tion. The Chero­kee Cap­i­tal Am­a­teur Ra­dio So­ci­ety pro­vided ra­dio as­sis­tance through­out the run. Gor­don EMS am­bu­lance and EMT fol­lowed the run­ners and are there for emer­gency as­sis­tance if nec­es­sary. Donny Holmes has vol­un­teered his DJ ser­vices for years. All the many vol­un­teers who come each year to set up, clean up and hand out wa­ter serve as great am­bas­sadors for our com­mu­nity. The 18 United Way agen­cies are al­ways on the race route sup­port­ing the run­ners and pro­vid­ing the wa­ter sta­tions. The Girl Scouts and LEJO have been in charge of the wa­ter sta­tions for years. For the last two years, First United Methodist Church has also pro­vided a wa­ter sta­tion.

Thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the event and made it such a suc­cess. This event could not hap­pen with­out the sup­port of the spon­sors and all the run­ners that par­tic­i­pate each year. Listed be­low are the spon­sors for the 2017 Unity Run. The pro­ceeds from this event go to sup­port our agen­cies. Plat­inum Spon­sor Apache Mills En­gi­neered Floors Field Turf Gor­don Hospi­tal Mo­hawk Nance In­dus­tries North­west Ge­or­gia Or­tho­pe­dics and Sports Medicine Shaw In­dus­tries Turner Heat­ing and Air 1-K Kid’s Run Spon­sor AGC Pe­di­atrics Gold Spon­sor AOSM At­lanta Gas Light Ge­or­gia Bank and Trust Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Man­ning­ton Com­mer­cial Waf­fle House Sil­ver Spon­sor Bai Bev­er­ages Beau­ti­ful Smiles Den­tistry at Red Bud Bent­ley Dye Chick- fil- A of Cal­houn First Bank of Cal­houn - A Di­vi­sion of First Bank Gor­don His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Greater Com­mu­nity Bank John Driscoll In­surance Co. Kel­logg’s Land­scape Cre­ations Momon Con­struc­tion, Inc. North Ge­or­gia Na­tional Bank North­Side Bank Na­ture’s Own Big Springs Wa­ter Owen Se­cu­rity So­lu­tions Starr Mathews Gor­don County Gor­don County Schools Gor­don EMS Gor­don Op­ti­mist Club WEBS WJTH

FRANK CROWE / For the Times

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