The run will begin at 5 p.m. with a 1-K kid’s run and at 6:30 with the 5-K run-walk. This event is more than just running and walking; many other activities will coincide.
DJ Donny Holmes will be at the start with music and entertainment. To get runners warmed up for the 5-K, Elsa Gonzalez of Fitness First of Calhoun will be leading Zumba at 6 p.m. in the parking lot at Gordon Central. Zumba is aerobics with a Latino swing and lots of movement. Try it out before the run – it’s guaranteed to loosen you up.
The Gordon Central Blue Wave Band will play while the 1-K kids run their route. The band will start the 5-K race with the National Anthem and the runners theme from “Rocky.” The official starter for this year’s 5-K will be retired Calhoun Polic Capt. Wayne Brown. He has coordinated the law enforcement for 16 years, so it seemed only fitting to have him start the race the first year he retired.
There will be entertainment all along the route. Returning this year are The Great Revival of Acoustic Songs and Sounds, (G.R.A.S.S.) group, a bluegrass and folk mix band. They will be on the corner of Barrett Rd. and Dews Pond near the first water station provided by one of the many Girl Scout Troops supported by Gordon County United Way.
Mid-way up Heart Break Hill on Meadow Lane, the Daisy Troop from Girl Scouts will be manning the water station as the runner attack the hill and continue on to the next band on the corner of Boulevard Heights and Line Street Entertainment will be provided by PerfeKt Peace. This local band mixes its love for the Lord with contemporary music and great sounds from the past. The band members are Jeff Gazaway, guitar and vocals, Ryan Burney, guitar and slide guitar, John Stewart, guitar and vocals and John Ladddage percussion, guitar and vocals.
As the route continues down Line Street, another water station is available to the runners at the corner of Line and College Street, across from Calhoun First United Methodist Church. All along the route, agencies support by United Way will be on the roadside cheering the runners and walkers on to the finish line. As the runners turn the corner at BB&T Park, Sonoraville High School Band will be performing. The BB&T Park has been the assigned location for SHS Band since the Unity Run moved the finish line to downtown Calhoun. Matthew Loyd, new director of the SHS Band, will have his first experience with the Unity Run. As the runners continue to Amen Corner at the Starr-Mathews building, they can see the finish line with cheerleaders from all three high schools cheering the runners while the Calhoun High School Band plays. As the entertainment continues, DJ Kevin Casey will continue the music and Elvis will be on hand to performance while the results are being tabulated.
Food vendors, music, entertainment and fun await everyone at the 17th Annual Unity Run on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Even if you can’t run or walk, come downtown and enjoy the party.
This event is the annual Kick-off for the United Way Fund Campaign and a wonderful community event. For more information go to www.gordonccountyunitedway.org or register on line at www.active.com or call 706-602-5548. Registration forms are also available at the Calhoun Depot.