Run Or Walk 'Main Street Mile' For Boys & Girls Club – Brevard NC

 

Children from the Boys & Girls Club will join the ranks of runners in the Main Street Mile, a mile-long race Sept. 12 that will start in downtown Brevard. (Photo courtesy of Ray Tuers)

Brevard's Main Street will be crowded with runners and walkers for a rare one-mile race called the Main Street Mile Sept. 12 to benefit The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club.

There will be prizes for the fastest, slowest and oldest participants, the largest team group and whoever raises the most money.

Afterward, the club will host a dance party at the finish line, in front of its clubhouse on Gallimore Road. Music will be by DJ Dogg, from Class & Sound Entertainment, with Brad Snipes doing the emceeing and the Oskar Blues Brewery food truck providing food for the race participants.

"Like simple, really fun and spectacular races?" asked Club Executive Director Candice Walsh. "The Main Street Mile will be just that! We're planning to have a great time ourselves, and provide one for every participant and spectator, too. Health and wellness is a large part of our programming at the club and we are excited to offer a unique race to the community that aligns with our mission."


Jackie Witherspoon, the organization's Resource Development and Outreach Officer, is girls' track coach at Brevard High School and says one-mile races are few and far between. "But they're lots of fun because they are so short and simple," she said.

She says both the boys and girls track teams at Brevard High will be running in the Main Street Mile.

Witherspoon says the club expects a total of between 200 and 300 participants. Probably the largest single group running will be made up of a combination of the club's own Smart Girls and Smart Boys running groups. She says she expects up to 60 of those youngsters will participate.

Anyone under 18 in the race must have a parent or guardian present to sign an event waiver.

Advance registration on the club's website is $20 and the deadline is noon Sept. 10. After that, from 8:30 to 9:30 at the starting line on the day of the rain-or-shine race, registration will cost more. The race will start at 10 and the Post-Race Party at the clubhouse will start at 10:15.

The starting line will be just east of the Caldwell Avenue intersection. The course will follow Main Street through downtown Brevard, where it blends into Highway 276. The course will then follow 276 south to Gallimore Road, turn right and end just a few hundred feet west at the clubhouse.


Registered runners and walkers will receive bibs that will allow electronic clocking.

Funds from the race will support the club's after-school and summer youth development programs. Sponsors are welcome to help further increase the impact. A $135 sponsorship, for instance, covers the cost of a month's attendance for one child. One free race entry will be provided with that.

A $400 sponsorship covers the cost of a child attending the Club's summer program and will carry three race entries. A $1,200 sponsorship covers an entire school year's attendance and carries five entries. A $1,600 sponsorship pays for a full year – summer and after-school attendance – and provides seven entries.

Persons wishing to become a sponsor may call Walsh at 885-7800, or email her at cwalsh@bgctransylvania.org.

To register as a participant in the race, visit the club's website, bgctransylvania.org, and click on the "Main Street Mile" link.

The club has a number of local partners in the race: Mountain Song Productions, the Oskar Blues Can'd Aid Foundation and the Platt Architecture firm.

The Boys & Girls Club is the largest youth development organization in Transylvania County. It has 320 children registered for the current after-school program, which started Aug. 24.


 
 

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