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.
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.
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.