This is the second year the two have cooperated in this fund raising event to benefit the local United Way. Held on Oct. 15, this event is part of the Homecoming 2005, the annual alumni celebration. Alumni weekend has included the run as part of their homecoming activities for eight years now.
New this year is the ”Corporate Team“ division. At no extra cost to the runner, this allows corporations, businesses, and organizations to form teams of three adult runners. The team with the best cumulative time is the winner, with the winning team receiving an individual trophy and a ”traveling“ trophy. The winning team will keep the ”traveling“ trophy until the following year.
For those runners who must keep their amateur status intact, such as students, the winners will be able to designate their winnings. The winnings can either be donated to their school, team, or charity of their choice. This would be ideal for schools with track teams.
Last years' race was successful with over 50 participants.
”This year we are looking forward to having many more runners in the Railsplitter 5K,“ Brandon Gibbs, Director of Student Activities at LMU, said. ”The cause is great and everyone has a lot of fun, not to mention the exercise gained. We think the runners will enjoy the scenery as well.“
Prizes for the winners include $200 for the overall male and female top finishers. Over $700 in cash prizes will be given away, and at the after race party there will be food and drinks. Door prizes and long-sleeved race tee-shirts will be given away as well.
Sponsors for this year's race are ARH, Middlesboro; Bowling Energy; Bowling & Yoakum, Attorneys at Law; DeRoyal Industries; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; First State Financial; Home Federal Bank; J.R. Hoe & Son; Long's Pic Pac; Pineville Community Hospital; Sizemore's 119 Hardware; Southeast Telephone; and Web Boss Design Studio. If you would like more information or register on-line, please visit www.Cumberland-Gap.com/race.