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Archives 12-31-2008


TN senior olympics calendar on sale
Sixth annual Resolution Run set for New Years Day

TN senior olympics calendar on sale

James Gatton of Cookeville will be featured for the month of September. His competition event is archery.

As the new year fast approaches, it’s the ideal time to buy the first-ever Tennessee Senior Olympics calendar. Each calendar is $10 with proceeds going to the Tennessee Senior Olympics, an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for seniors.

Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the calendar consists of 15 featured Olympians from across the state. Each month highlights an athlete competing for medals in sports ranging from archery to volleyball. Along with a photo, each page offers an inspiring quote from the athletes themselves.

Christine Dewbre said, “What better way to motivate each of us to keep our health resolutions for 2009 than by seeing these seniors in action,” said executive director for the Tennessee Senior Olympics. We hope everyone will want to purchase one for their own enjoyment while helping our mission to keep seniors active and healthy.”

The calendar promotes a senior Olympian from a different city in Tennessee each month. Bob Southerlan and James Gatton of Cookeville are both featured.

Southerlan is featured for the month of March. His competition events are track and field. According to Southerlan, “I got started at the local level of the Senior Olympics about nine years ago and eventually went on to state. I earned a bronze medal that year and am more proud of that than any other medal I’ve earned.”

Gatton of Cookeville is featured for the month of September. His competition event is archery. According to Gatton, “Part of the fun of competing in the Tennessee Senior Olympics is seeing the same guys twice a year. Bottom line is, you get together with friends and have a good time.”

Sharon Dicorato, manager of community programs for BlueCross’ Senior Care division said, “We’re proud to support the Tennessee Senior Olympics with this historic fundraiser. These games are a great example of how all Tennesseans can be more proactive in their health care.

A total of 10,000 calendars are available for sale to the public. The 2009 calendars can be purchased by sending a check for $10 to: Tennessee Senior Olympics. PO Box 2030, Columbia, Tenn. 38402.

The Tennessee Senior Olympics is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

For more information, go to http://www.tnseniorolympics.com and click the “shop” link.

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Sixth annual Resolution Run set for New Years Day
Run, walk or roll into your New Year's resolution and have fun while helping others. Preregistration is open for the sixth annual Resolution Run to be held in downtown Nashville. The Resolution Run is one of the most scenic 5K races in the area.

The Resolution Run, slated for a start time of 10:00 a.m. on January 1st, 2009, is produced by United Cerebral Palsy and The Nashville Striders.

Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Hall of Fame Park across from the Sommet Center.

Honorary Chairs for the Event are Tommy and Mary McAuley, the father/daughter racing team that has won hearts throughout the Mid-South as they participate in running events and triathlons.

Seven-year-old Mary McAuley has cerebral palsy, a developmental disability that prevents her from using many of the major muscle groups in her body.

Tommy said, "The Resolution Run is great fun. This is our third year participating. Mary loves it. She's non-verbal but she shows her enjoyment with big smiles and by waving her arms."

Supporting events that benefit kids with special needs has become a family affair for the McAuley's. Tommy and Rachel have 2 sons, Grant and Griffin, who join their parents and sister in many running events throughout the region.

Chairs for this year's event are Dr. Robert Moskowitz and his wife, Tamie, both avid runners. "Dr. Rob" is an ER physician and Assistant Director of the Emergency Department at Skyline Medical Center.

Organizers are bringing back many of the activities that have made this event a New Year's Day tradition for both serious runners and fun-seekers. These include door prizes, medals to winners in all age categories, and a traditional New Year's Day meal of black-eyed peas and cornbread after the race provided by the Hermitage Hotel. Awards are three deep in 5-year age categories, men's and women's.

Also included are plaques for overall, master's, grandmasters, senior grandmasters and wheelchair division winners. This is a sanctioned Corporate Challenge event, with medals and plaques for corporate teams, as well.

The certified 5k (3.1 mile) course starts on Demonbreun Street across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and proceeds across the Cumberland River.

Runners loop around a portion of the Coliseum on Titans Way and Victory Avenue before, once again, crossing the Cumberland River via the Pedestrian Bridge. Over 1000 participants are expected in this year's event. This is the first race of the Nashville Striders Grand Prix Series.

Preregistration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families up to three people. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. To register online go to www.RunNashville.org Race Day Registration is $25 for individuals and $65 for families.

Proceeds from the Resolution Run are used to provide direct services to individuals with all types of disabilities throughout Tennessee. For more information, call United Cerebral Palsy at (615) 242-4091.

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