A Great Day for a Race!

Saturday, November 8th, was beautifully crisp and sunny. At Armstrong Park, the grass was green, highlighted in the early morning sunshine, and the trees swayed to the gentle nudge of wind that kept everyone present at the Orville Rogers Run for the Hills invigorated and ready to race. Despite the minor chill, families and friends of all shapes and sizes and ages showed up at the park to participate in the race. At a little past nine, the whistle blew and runners pushed forward on the sidewalk to begin laps around the park. Families and friends supported each other with cheers of encouragement as racers pressed on to the final lap till rounding the last corner, they greeted the finish line with smiling, sweaty faces. Those who did not run walked pleasantly about the track – no doubt taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to stretch their legs and be involved with their community.

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Once all racers had finished and placed their names on the leader board, snacks of apples and oranges with bottled water were offered for refreshments. Before first and second place for each division were announced and the medals were handed to the winners, Mrs. Mary Fae Kamm, director of the International Museum of Cultures, presented a framed plaque of appreciation to Mr. Trotter and his wife, owners of Trotter Capital Management, for their sponsorship of the 2014 Orville Rogers Run for the Hills.

 

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All proceeds from the run were donated to benefit the Children’s Lab at the International Museum of Cultures. The Children’s Lab provides a culturally diverse envirnoment for young students of the local community to be tutored and explore the arts and education through culture.

Orville Rogers Run for the Hills

Trotter Capital Management has joined the International Museum of Cultures in presenting the 12th annual Orville Rogers RUN FOR THE HILLS, 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk at Armstrong Park in Duncanville, TX. The event is named in honor of Dallas-native Orville Rogers, 96, who has set 11world records for running in his age category. Mr. Rogers considers his faith a leading reason why triumphs follow him inside and outside the running lanes. For Rogers, running on the track is easy compared to the obstacles he tackles off the track at 95-years-old. He does not confine himself to only seeking challenges on the ground, but he has claimed triumph in the sky as well: “I went skydiving after my 90th birthday. I wanted to go solo, but I think the instructor was afraid of my age, so I had to go dual.” Rogers said laughing. “I loved it. The sky is my friend, I love it up there. I can’t really describe the feeling. It was pure joy, going out of the airplane and looking at the ground coming up at you.”

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Whether you are 2 years old or 93 years young, please feel encouraged to participate in the race. You can run or walk at your pace, or you can put together a team to tackle the 5k trek together. Everyone who participates on race day will receive an official event T-shirt!

 

Want to participate? There are two easy ways for you to register:

 

Option 1 –

Sign up for early registration online at http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/orvillerogers2014/. Early Registration is open till October 30th. The cost for adults is $15 and for students, the cost is $10. If you would like to sign up as a team, it will cost $10. Teams with 5 or more participants must have the entire team registered by the October 30th deadline. Talk to your local youth groups or sports teams about joining in the fun. The bigger the group the more chances there are that they could win the cash reward for the team with the largest number of participants present at the race!

 

Option 2 –

Register on the day of the run. All you need to do is bring your running shoes and $20 if you are an adult or $15 if you are student to Armstrong Park that Saturday, November 8th. You can fill out the entry form before the race begins at 9am and pick up your T-shirt.

 

 Registration is FREE for all active-duty military members! 

The sponsors for the event are the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Kamm & Associates, Kevin Shelton, Gary Jones, Glenn Majors and Nogales Produce! Other supporters for the run include Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Big D Printers, D.A.R.S.E., ESA, AAUW, Jerry Frazier CPA, and the Duncanville Women’s Club. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Children’s Lab at the International Museum of Cultures. The Children’s Lab offers tutoring and globally-enriched activities for kids from local communities.