By Pam Robinson.
When a proud Mount Vernon High School, or MVHS, alumnus is matched with a good corporate citizen, the result is an inaugural fundraiser, “Miles for MV Athletics.” Event coordinator Jace Redman, a 2005 MVHS graduate, explains that the event marks off a quadrant of Mount Vernon for a 2-mile and 4-mile run/walk to benefit both the Mount Vernon junior and senior high athletic programs. Event sponsor Expressway Auto Mall has promised to donate $10 for each participant in the Saturday, July 21, 2012 race, which starts at 7:15 a.m. The race will start and end on the MVHS track, located at 700 Harriett Street.
Registration fees for the race are very reasonable. Kids 4 and under race free. Students pay $10 and adults pay $15. Families of three or more may sign up for $30. All participants registered by July 9 will receive a high-quality t-shirt. Some t-shirts will be available the day of the race while supplies last.
“We’re really hoping to make this a family event,” commented Jace Redman in a telephone interview last Wednesday from Florida. “We’re including all ages, from the little guys all the way up.”
Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each of the three age group categories—0-18, 19-50 and over 50—for both the 2-mile and 4-mile races. Tri-State Trophies is donating trophies for the top male and female finisher of the four-mile race.
Anyone may register at www.MilesforMV.com, at the high school athletic website, at the school district website or on site the day of the event.
Active in running the Evansville circuit, 25-year-old Jace Redman wanted to plan a race in his own community, specifically to benefit Mount Vernon athletics. Expressway Auto Mall wanted to sponsor a community fundraiser. When Redman approached Expressway asking for their help, he walked away “very excited” about the level of support the company offered. All the plans have come together just since May.
During his phone interview, Redman spoke about his concern for aging junior high and high school athletic warm-ups and equipment. He noted, for example, that the men’s tennis warm-ups were the same ones used when he played tennis at the high school. The junior high and high school athletic departments have money in their budgets to rotate uniforms every three to five years, but warm-ups are considered extras—a want, not a need.
Other extras are end-of-period lights for basketball goals although most area high schools are equipped with these lights now. The lights cost $1,500 plus installation.
MVHS Athletic Director Gary Redman is pleased his son Jace has initiated the first fundraiser of its type for Mount Vernon athletics. He hopes the community turns out and makes the race a success so it will continue as an annual event.
Athletic Director Redman is encouraging additional businesses to sponsor the event and make it a special day in the community. He says they might offer, for example, a small token gift, such as an ice cream cone, or coupons to event participants who bring in their race bib.
He also comments that the race is open to those just wanting to enjoy a good walk or jog without entering into the competition. “Competing is just a small part of this race,” he insists. “It’s really a way to get exercise and have some fun.”
Volunteers are still needed for the race and may get involved by contacting Event Coordinator Jace Redman at MilesforMV@gmail.com.
By Pam Robinson.
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