The 25th an­nual Unity Run set for Sept. 25 with a Tiger Flight Foun­da­tion Fly Over

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The 25th an­nual Unity Run holds the ti­tle as long­est con­tin­u­ally oc­cur­ring run/walk event in Gor­don County. It is hard to be­lieve that the Unity Run has lasted so long and has grown in pop­u­lar­ity over the years.

This year, a record num­ber of spon­sors have stepped up to sup­port the United Run. Sixty spon­sors are sup­port­ing the Unity Run, the of­fi­cial kick-off for the United Way of Gor­don County Fundrais­ing Cam­paign. Unity Run signs are placed at all the busi­nesses that spon­sor the Unity Run. They will also be on the Unity Run route on Sept. 25.

Be­cause this is the 25th year, or­ga­niz­ers wanted to do some­thing special.

Tiger Flight Foun­da­tion will be pro­vid­ing a Fly Over at the start of the run at Gor­don Cen­tral High School. Th­ese sin­glew­ing pro­peller planes look like tigers as the fly over the start. Visit the fol­low­ing link for Tiger Flight Foun­da­tion and read about the or­ga­ni­za­tion and see pic­tures of the planes: https:// tiger­flight­foun­da­tion. org/

For those who are not run­ning but want to see the fly over, be sure to be in place at Gor­don Cen­tral be­fore 6:15 p.m. War­rior Path will be closed, so use the Colum­bus Cir­cle en­trance on the east side of Arby’s on Red Bud Road or the Ash­worth Mid­dle School en­trance off New­town Road.

The Unity Run con­tin­ues to grow and plans are in place for an­other record year. Al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove the run, Car­pet Cap­i­tal Run­ning Club will be us­ing new tim­ing equip­ment which will al­low each run­ner to reg­is­ter his/her own time based on when the run­ner crosses the start and fin­ish lines.

Once again this year, all lo­cal mid­dle and high school cross coun­try teams will be par­tic­i­pat­ing thanks to the sup­port of AGC Pe­di­atrics and their con­tri­bu­tions. The cross coun­try teams have some very com­pet­i­tive run­ners mak­ing the event even more chal­leng­ing.

AGC Pe­di­atrics also con­tin­ues to spon­sor the AGC Pe­di­atrics 1-K Kid’s Run that starts at 5 p.m. at Gor­don Cen­tral High School and fin­ishes on Gor­don Cen­tral’s Rat­ner Sta­dium track. Stu­dents in pre-school through 5th grades may par­tic­i­pate (ages 3-11). Awards for each age di­vi­sion for male and fe­male will be given. A special award from Chick-fil-A will be given to the over­all male and fe­male win­ners.

The 5-K starts at 6:30 p.m. at Gor­don Cen­tral High School. Run­ners park in down­town Cal­houn, catch the school buses at the Cal­houn De­pot to ride to Gor­don Cen­tral and run or walk back to down­town and can walk to their cars. NO BUSES WILL RUN AF­TER THE RACE! LAST BUS LEAVES FROM THE DE­POT AT 6:10 p.m.

The fin­ish line in Down­town Cal­houn is one of the best. Cheer­lead­ers from all City and County Mid­dle and High Schools will be cheer­ing the run­ners. City and County High School bands per­form on the route from start to fin­ish while rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all 18 United Way­sup­ported agen­cies cheer the run­ners along the route. Run­ners and walk­ers are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate.

This event is more than a kick-off event for United Way- it is a com­mu­nity event that

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