A Mid-Winter's Morning Run

By: Daryl Berry
Saturday, December 10, 2016

When I lived in Lexington I remember a 5k race called a Mid-Summers Night Run.  I never ran in it but I attended once when my daughter ran.  It was on a July night when it was oppressively hot and humid.  Today I experienced something quite different.  This started out to be a simple Facebook post but turned into a blog.

I want to give a shout out to the hardy souls that participated in the first ever Campbellsville Rotary Club Run Santa Run 5k Run and Walk.  We gathered in the warmth of Bethel First Presbyterian Church who graciously allowed us to use there fellowship hall to get in out of the cold before and after the race.   Participants had the opportunity to have their pictures made with Santa and Mrs. Claus before heading out to face the cold.  Race chairman, Clark Howard’s, two sons battled it out in the kids run prior to the main event.

Promptly at 9 a.m., standing in front of Intelenet where Rotarian Karri Lough runs the show, the gun was fired and we were off on a sunny but brisk morning.  Left on Main and then right on Lebanon Avenue before turning right on First Street at the corner where Rotarians Henry Lee, Leslie DeGrez and Heather Kelly work for Taylor County Bank. Giving directions at this corner there was Taylor Regional Hospital CEO, and Rotarian, Jane Wheatley.

We ran around the perimeter of my business, Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home, before turning left to head out MLK Boulevard.  As I ran I  was paced by AutoSmart’s own Stanta Claus, Stan Curry.  The morning air was as fresh as if it just passed through a Clarcor air filter.  On out MLK and we came to Rotarian Chuck Vaughn representing Campbellsville University who  pointed us in the right direction.  Around another corner and on to Rotarian Terri Cassell and her husband Mike who sent us on our way into the bright sunshine out Roberts Road.  As we climbed the rise toward The Grandview, we turned right onto Industrial Drive before we reached Murakami who was well represented with runners. Running up Industrial Drive I could look off in the distance  and see the glistening off the steeple at Campbellsville Baptist Church where Rotarian Mike O’Neal is the senior pastor.  Rotarian, Allen Gaddis, was manning the water table there next to his business, The Gaddco Group, where they print everything but money.  On around the corner on Allen Street and back to MLK where we were directed to turn by a Amazon traveling seasonal worker whose name I failed to catch.  Back home she was a Rotarian and with a morning off she just wanted to volunteer to give us a hand.  That's what Rotary is about, lending a hand to make our community a better place.

I got to Justice Center Drive where Jane Wheatley looked much colder than me and I was wondering if I had on one layer too many.  I looked at my Garmin to see that I  was actually doing pretty well time wise as I neared the three mile mark.  Then it was right on Main Street at Bertram, Cox and Miller where Rotarian John Bertram practices law.  As I passed under the Citizens Bank and Trust sign I looked up and noticed that the temperature was 19 degrees.  No wonder everyone at the finish line cheering us on looked so cold.  I finished a few seconds slower than I did in the Turkey Trot just a month earlier which I will attribute to the cold.  As I crossed the finish line and see the steam rising off the head of fellow Rotarian Les Chadwick who had finished the race ahead of me as he quickly cooled down and I think that it is time to get in out of the cold.

Back inside we helped ourselves to traditional Santa snacks of milk and cookies as we waited for the other runners and walkers to arrive.  Prior to awards being presented to the respective winners,  a prize was given to the runner with the best Santa outfit and a drawing was held for a door prize for those that had donated a toy for the local Toys for Kids program.

I kinda feel like a NASCAR driver that tried to mention all his sponsors and crew members in an interview. There were others that contributed, though we didn't run by their business, like Dave Nunery with Nunery and Call Attorneys who participated in the race along with his wife, Debbie.  Also sponsoring was Don Franklin Motors, Blevins Construction, The Kids Spot and Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home where Rotarian Earl West works part-time.  Also helping get word out was the local media outlets, Q104, The Big Dawg and The Central Kentucky News Journal.  I may have left someone out and if I did, I’ll just blame it on the cold.

Thanks goes out to all the sponsors, the volunteers and the participants that made this event possible.  I look forward to seeing this event grow next year as the Rotary Club of Campbellsville strives to be a vital part of our community.

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