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Laurel Memorial Run/Walk

Fri July 19 - Sat July 20, 2024 Silver Creek, NY 14136 US Directions


The toughest race you love to run

8K Run

$25 07/20 9:00AM EDT Registration ends July 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run

$25 07/20 8:30AM EDT Registration ends July 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
Double the fun by doing 2 events!

5K Run AND 8K Run

$35 07/20 8:30AM EDT Registration ends July 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Walk

$25 07/20 8:30AM EDT Registration ends July 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

1K Fun Walk

$25 07/20 8:30AM EDT Registration ends July 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
For school and community groups

Laurel Run Relay

$0 07/19 8:30AM EDT - 11:59PM EDT Registration ends July 17, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Run/Walk/Other Activity

$25 Registration ends July 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

FREE Virtual Run/Walk/Other Activity

$0 Registration ends July 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

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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.  This two-day event offers several ways to participate:

Friday, July 19 - Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run (free, but participants are encouraged to raise donations)

Saturday, July 20 (Silver Creek, NY) - 8K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1K Awareness Walk, Children's Runs

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, 5K Run, 5K Disability Awareness Walk, 1K Awareness 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. Proceeds from the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk go to Filling the Gap, Inc., to support services for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities at The Resource Center. This year, The Resource Center is marking its 65th anniversary of supporting people with disabilities to enjoy awesome lives!

Click here to make a donation to support people with disabilities through "The Resource Center Laurel Run Fund" at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The first day is the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk Laurel Memorial Relay Run. We will gather at The Resource Center, 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown, at 8:00 a.m. for the kickoff ceremony. At 8:30, representatives from The Resource Center, area schools and other organizations will take turns running legs of the relay. The relay run will end at The Resource Center's location at 186 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk. Relay runners will receive a 2024 Laurel Run/Walk T-shirt, so 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 The Resource Center, 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701
8:30 a.m. - Laurel Memorial Relay Run begins
9:00 a.m. - Jamestown version of Laurel's Legacy Lap (for anyone with a disability), McCrea Point Park, Jones & Gifford Avenue, Jamestown
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

SATURDAY, JULY 20 - Silver Creek, NY
Events will take place in the village square.  Parking is available in the Rite Aid lot across the street, but please do not park directly in front of the store so those parking spaces can remain available for Rite Aid customers.

7:00 a.m. - Participant check-in and late registration begin
8:30 a.m. - 5K Run, 5K Walk and 1K Walk begin (5K course 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 (ages 7 and younger)
10:15 a.m. - Laurel's Legacy Lap (for anyone with a disability)
10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony

Everyone who pays the registration fee will receive a 2024 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 Run, medals will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.  Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a medal made by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

We also will have team awards for both the 8K and 5K.  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.  This is a great way to be with us in spirit and show your support for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

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). For those who want to tackle both the 5K Run and the 8K Run, registration is $35 for adults and $30 for children 17 and younger.  Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Registration fees will increase $5 Friday, July 19.

Register by 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, to ensure you'll receive your T-shirt at the Laurel Run/Walk events.  (People who register after 1:00 p.m. June 28, 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, Wayne borrowed a bicycle and picked up where he left 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 became 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.

The Resource Center is a membership organization, and membership is open to anyone who believes in TRC's mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities. One of The Resource Center's primary functions is to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. The more members The Resource Center has, the stronger our voice becomes when we advocate. As adults 18 and older complete the online registration process, they will have the option to become a member of The Resource Center. There are two types of membership: You can become on Associate Member for free, or you can pay $10 to become a Full Member. Full Members receive a Membership Card that entitles them to discounts at more than 30 businesses. (Click here to see the list of membership discounts.) We hope everyone will strengthen our mission by choosing to become a Member of The Resource Center as you complete your registration.

To become an Associate Member for free, simply click the "Yes" box when you see the question, "Do you accept Membership in The Resource Center?"

To pay $10 and become a Full Member and receive the Membership Discount Card, please visit our store.

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