Laurel Memorial Run/Walk

Fri July 15 - Mon September 19 Silver Creek, NY 14136 US Directions
The toughest race you love to run

8K Run

07/16 9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

5K Walk

07/16 8:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

1K Fun Walk

07/16 8:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
For school and community groups

Laurel Run Relay

07/15 8:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
Re-create the original Laurel Run

Virtual Trek Across NYS

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19 Park Place
Silver Creek, NY US 14136
The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk - Celebrating people with Down syndrome & other developmental disabilities!

The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk takes place the third weekend in July each year.  Day One consists of a 31-mile relay run, as well as "The Laurel-thon" for people who want to cover the entire relay route themselves. Day Two features an 8K Run, 5KWalk, 1K Fun Walk, and Children's Runs in Silver Creek, NY. We also offer paid and free virtual options for those unable to join us for the in-person events. Or click here to make a donation to support people with disabilities through "The Resource Center Laurel Run Fund" at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

We will gather at McCrea Point Park on Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown (the boat landing) at 8:00 a.m. for the kickoff to the Laurel Memorial Relay Run. Representatives from The Resource Center and other organizations will take turns running legs of the relay. Again this year, the relay run will end at The Resource Center's location at 186 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk, so more of our employees and people with disabilities can attend. All relay participants are encouraged to register online so they can sign the waiver and we can get their correct shirt size.

8:00 a.m. - Opening ceremonies at McCrea Point Park (the boat landing) on Jones & Gifford Avenue
8:30 a.m. - Laurel Memorial Relay Run begins
8:35 a.m. - Jamestown version of Laurel's Legacy Lap (for anyone with disability)
12:30-2:00 - Victory celebration at The Resource Center, 186 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY, 14048
1:15 - Last set of relay runners arrives

We're excited to be able to have in-person events in Silver Creek this year.  (Please note that all plans are subject to change, based on changes in federal, state or local guidelines pertaining to the pandemic.  Any changes will be communicated to participants as quickly as possible.  In the event the in-person events are canceled there will be no refunds, but paid participants still will receive their 2022 Laurel Memorial Run/Walk T-shirt and commemorative medal.)

7:00 a.m. - Participant check-in and late registration begin
8:30 a.m. - 5K Walk and 1K Fun Walk begin (5K Walk will have two water stations)
9:00 a.m. - 8K Run begins (8K Run will have four water stations)
10:00 a.m. - Children's Fun Runs
10:15 a.m. - Laurel's Memorial Lap (for anyone with a disability)
10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony

Everyone who pays the registration fee will receive a 2022 Laurel Memorial Run/Walk T-shirt and a commemorative medal.  (TIP - When registering online, there is a processing fee per registration transaction.  So, you can save money by registering several people at one time, rather than registering individually.)  People are encouraged to create a personal fund-raising page to collect donations from family and friends.  If you do that and you raise $50 or more, we will waive the registration fee and you will receive your shirt and medal for free.

For the 8K Run, cash prizes ($100 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for third) will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers.  For the 8K Run and 5K Walk, medals will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

We also will have team awards for the 8K Run and 5K walk.  Team times will be based on the combined times of each team's first four finishers.

If you can't make it to the actual Laurel Run/Walk events, you can sign up to do a virtual run, walk or other activity.  NEW THIS YEAR: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wayne Hotelling's trek across New York State for the first Laurel Run, we are offering people the option to virtually re-create Wayne's 408-mile journey from the New York/Pennsylvania border near Lake Erie to the Massachusetts line.

Registration for the 8K Run, 5K Walk, 1K Walk, and Paid Virtual event is $25 for adults and $20 for children (age 17 and younger) until Thursday, 14. Online registration will close at that time.  Registration fees will increase $5 Friday, July 15.

Register by 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 30, to ensure you'll receive your T-shirt at the Laurel Run/Walk events.  (People who register after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 30, will still receive a shirt, but it may not be ready by Laurel Run/Walk weekend.  If not, you will have the option of picking up your shirt or paying a $10 domestic shipping fee.)  

The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in honor of their oldest daughter, Laurel, who had Down syndrome.  For the inaugural event in 1997, Wayne set out to run more than 400 miles across New York State to spread the message that people with disabilities can accomplish great things, if they're given the chance to prove themselves.  After covering about 100 miles in the first five days, Wayne developed a leg injury that sidelined him for a while.  Once he recovered, he borrowed a bicycle and picked up where he lift off.  When Wayne encountered steep inclines, he would stop riding and Elaine would walk up the hills to officially log the distance.  People across the state were inspired by Wayne and Elaine's determination.  So the Hotellings decided to turn Laurel Run into an annual event in their hometown of Silver Creek, NY.

For many years Laurel was the Grand Marshal of the event.  Sadly, she passed away in 2017 at the age of 54.  But her spirit lives on, and each year hundreds of people with disabilities turn out to support the event  The Laurel Memorial Run/Walk is organized each year by the Hotellings; The Resource Center, which supports people with disabilities in Western New York State; Filling the Gap, Inc., which supports The Resource Center; and a dedicated group of volunteers.  Money raised through the event enhances employment and work training opportunities for adults with disabilities, and also supports the advocacy efforts of people with disabilities.  Laurel herself had a job at The Resource Center's manufacturing facility for more than 30 years, and she was proud of her weekly paycheck.

If you're unable to join us, please consider making a donation to The Resource Center Laurel Run Fund in order to show your support for people with disabilities.

Laurel Memorial Run/Walk participants age 18 and older are invited to become a Member of The Resource Center.  By becoming a Member, you'll be demonstrating your support for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, like Laurel. The more members we have, the stronger our voice becomes when we advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.  Members receive a Membership Card that entitles them to discounts at more than 30 area businesses.  (Click here to see the list of membership discounts.)

Adults who pay a Laurel Run/Walk registration fee can become a member of The Resource Center at no additional charge.  Adults who sign up for one of the free Laurel Run/Walk events can become a member by buying a TRC Membership in the online store, or by mailing a $10 check (payable to "TRC Membership/Laurel Run") to The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701.


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