The Union Recorder

July 10, 2013

Running with the Braves 5K benefit Aug. 17

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The second annual Running with the Braves 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will help offset the cost of feeding 100 team members nutritious, pregame meals for the 2013 season.

Event coordinators Kevin Dominy and his wife Lee Ann anticipate this event as a positive way to involve families and friends that will not only benefit the Baldwin Braves football program but also bring the community together.

Bringing the players to the people is a huge part of Running with the Braves. Meeting the young student athletes face-to-face boosts community involvement.

There were 170 registered runners for last year’s event. Folks enjoyed connecting with the county’s team.

“When you are sitting in the stands, you really lose sight of the fact that these are teenagers,” Dominy said. “Seeing these kids in just their jerseys made a big difference.”

This year’s road race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17. at Oak Hill Middle School and serves as the kickoff for the Baldwin Braves football season.

Dominy said it takes $5,000 to feed the Braves varsity team. Event organizers hope to reach that goal.

“If we can do that, everything else we raise throughout the year can go to the other things they need,” Dominy said.

Like many athletic programs, Baldwin can really use the funds for simple equipment needs down to practice and game balls for the fall.

The 5K begins promptly at 8 a.m. with the Fun Run following.

Running with the Braves is listed as part of the Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Series and the Black Bag Series. The race is advertised on www.active.com, www.runningintheusa.com and www.macontracks.org. Advanced, online registration is available at www.active.com.

Paper registration forms can be picked up at the following locations: Terry’s Auto Clinic, 1019 S. Elbert St., Hibbett Sports and Bodyplex.

Visit Running with the Braves on Facebook also.

Race T-shirts are guaranteed for those entering the 5K race by Aug. 9. The cost is $20 for non-students.

T-shirts are limited availability on race day.

All current Baldwin County High School students pay $15 for advanced and race day registration.

The 1 Mile Fun Run is $15 for advanced and race day registration. Baldwin County Elementary students can enter for $10.

Food and refreshments will be available on race day.

Awards will be given to Overall and Masters Male and Female winners. The top three in each male and female division in each standard five year age group from 10 and under to 75 and over receive awards.

Georgia Grand Prix and Black Bag points will be awarded. Complete race results will be posted online.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses, organizations and individuals. If you are interested in sponsorship for the local road race, contact Dominy at 478-456-8680 or email runningwiththebraves@yahoo.com. Deadline for sponsorship inclusion on the road race T-shirt and in the Baldwin Braves Football Program is Aug. 1.

Dominy said sponsors will receive Facebook and possibly radio promotion as well for supporting the Running with the Braves effort.