Fun Run Huge Success

Writer’s Note:  In July, I posted a story about a run/walk fundraiser for the White House Food Bank.  This is a sequel to that story.

On August 4th, 56 walkers/ runners met at the White House Greenway and completed a 5K trek.  The Greenway is a wonderful walking trail, complete with bubbling creek, beautiful trees, and wildlife. The trail also includes a short excursion to an American Veteran memorial, pictured above with Matt Love, owner of Care Line Products of Greenbrier and Hunter Holder, an Eagle Scout. In the summer of 2010, the city of White House and the Boy Scouts worked together to raise funds and build this memorial. An article by Kris Freeman from The Connection – White House, TN  June 2, 2010 states that “at one time a dream of the city and people like alderman Mike Arnold, the project took off like a rocket when one of the most amazing young people of White House, James Milam, a junior at White House Heritage High School, made it his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 459”.The trailhead spot, donated by Mary Day Erwin, whose late husband was a veteran,  includes a parking area adjacent to Brinkley Lane, with resting benches, a water fountain and the veterans memorial all in place. Matthews Bronze in Pennsylvania donated a two-by-three foot bronze plaque, valued at over $2,000 which is inscribed as follows:  “This memorial honors all American Veterans who, although separated by generations, share a common, undeniable goal- – to valiantly protect our country’s freedoms.  The memories of these American Veterans will continue to live on whenever and wherever democracy exists.  The American Veteran- – forever a symbol of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.”   Milam, who suffers from sacral agenesis and has been in a wheelchair since age 2, gained national notoriety in a story published by Gannett Inc. in 2003, by placing flags at the headstone of every veteran at the Nashville National Cemetery.

This event, the “brain child” of Boy Scout Andrew Segars (pictured above in the center with Ryan and Alex Love) is a project to achieve Eagle Scout ranking as well.  One of the steps to accomplish this award is to “plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community”.  The Eagle Scout Award is the highest honor bestowed on a Boy Scout.  A century ago, Arthur Eldred of New York earned this nation’s first Eagle Scout Award and since then more than 2 million young men have joined this prestigious group. On Saturday, September 8, thousands will gather in New York City for a parade celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout.

Donuts, cold bottled water, bananas, and snack bars were provided for this 5K run by Sonic, Al’s Foodland,  Sammy and Mattie Tucker, Debbie and Jimmy Nelson, and Clif Hutson.  Runners came from as far as Memphis to run (Pictured above are April and Charles Flanigan, Clara and Wayne Huddleston), and some of the helpers were from Southern Alabama, Andrew Segar’s grandparents Mattie and Sam Tucker, pictured with Aaliyah Nelson.
A total of 1,073 cans and $860 in a cash donation were presented to Ron Stoupe, executive director of the White House Hope Center, and Troy Russell, director of the Hope Food Bank. Opening prayer for this event was led by Rev. Phillip Wright, pastor of White House First United Methodist Church.  (Check out the “Church of the Week” section for more info on this local congregation).  All along the way were encouraging markers indicating how far participants had journeyed and how much farther they had to go. Some of the signs posted along the path were not so encouraging (i.e. “Watch for Snakes, Ha!).  Many walkers included young mothers with strollers.  Pictured above are sisters Scarlett and Reese with their mother, Betsy Miller, a teacher at Beech High School. Debbie Nelson, also pictured, is the proud mother of the young man who won the run, Anthony Nelson.   At the midpoint of the journey was water girl Hannah Potts, cheering on all the runners to complete the course. It was a great time for all who participated.

If you are interested in walking or  running for a good cause, “Hustle for the House” for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is coming up in September.  The entry fee for 5K event is $25, for the 1 Mile Fun Run is $15, if you are registered by September 7, and $30 and $20 respectively up to the day of the race on the 15th.  Both races will start at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House, 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, 37212.  The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5K begins at 9 a.m.  You may also enter your canine pet in the Fido Run, and all dogs registered will receive a special treat.  Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in the Overall, Masters and Grand Masters categories, and also in the various age group categories.  All registered participants will receive a commemorative race t-shirt.  Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.  To help with the fundraising, or for more info, call RHHC at (615) 343-4000, email heather@rmhcnashville and/or go to www. firstgiving.com/rmhcnashville/hustlefor the house.

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