Randolph County Teams Ready to Run For It  – August 20, 2015 – Teams in the area are gearing up to raise support and awareness to benefit the Randolph-Tucker Child Advocacy Center, the Knights of Columbus #603, the Russell Memorial and Pioneer Memorial Public Libraries, Harman Elementary School, and Seneca Soccer Club.

$85,000 in prize money is up for grabs at the Tucker Community Foundation’s Run For It race scheduled for Saturday, September 26. Randolph County teams have captured close to $100,000 for local causes through their participation in prior Run For It races.

Back in 2007, Team Pioneer was the top fundraiser in the very first Run For It.  Since then, they have raised more than $70,000 for the operations of Pioneer Memorial Public Library.  Genevieve Brosky has taken the helm to lead Team Pioneer through another successful Run For It campaign.

Libraries are known for maintaining strong Run For It teams year after year, and like Team Pioneer, the Rowdy Readers are coming out again to gain support for Mill Creek’s Russell Memorial Public Library.  The Rowdy Readers have been stepping it up each year and netted close to $4,500 last year.  Team Captain Sharon Mallow is looking for team members and sponsor support to help their library provide friendly and valuable services to the community.

Harman Strong/Panther Pride is back again to raise needed funds to repair the elementary section of the Harman School.  Danette Mullenax is again heading up the pack after a strong showing last year.

The Knights of Columbus #603, led by Mark P. Joseph, are seeking support for their service work.  The Knights of Columbus work through five key areas of service – faith, community, youth, and fellowship to provide service and support to those in need.

Chrissy O’Brien is leading Seneca Soccer in its inaugural Run For It appearance.  Team Seneca Soccer is seeking support for their soccer club, which provides an encouraging environment for all players regardless of skill level, yet offers skill development and competitive opportunities for those players who are motivated to excel.

In their Run For It debut last year, the Randolph-Tucker Child Advocacy Center (RTCAC) had an impressive first time performance, netting over $2,000.  Led again by Lydia Johnson, the RTCAC is hoping to top that and bring support and awareness to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of children who have been victimized.

Also supporting the RTCAC with their race proceeds is Team Citizens Bank of West Virginia.  Led by Kathy Leombruno, the Citizens Bank of West Virginia team believes that children hold our future in the palm of their hands, and believes that the RTCAC is where children who were victims of abuse are able to rediscover their voices.

Citizens Bank of West Virginia has joined the Randolph County Commission in raising the stakes for area teams.  The Citizens Bank of West Virginia Award will award $500 to the top team from Randolph County and $500 to the top team from Tucker County.  Since 2013, The Randolph County Commission has provided generous support to reward the best efforts of Randolph County teams.

Run For It is held on the streets of Davis during Leaf Peepers Festival. The 2k walk and 5k run starts and finishes in front on the Davis Volunteer Fire Department on Rt. 32.  Team photos start at 10am, race line up starts at 10:50 and the racers are out of the gate at 11am.  Awards are announced at 1pm.  Racers can enjoy music, craft vendors, food and other festivities.

Since 2007, Run For It has generated more than $775,000 to benefit community causes throughout the region. Fifty five teams are registered for the September event; the largest lineup in race history.

Register now to join the race.  Team sponsor donations help teams leverage additional support and donors can support multiple teams. Register or donate online at www.raceroster.com/4874. Entry forms, team sponsor coupons, and other information are available at www.tuckerfoundation.net/run.  For more information, call 304.259.5008.


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