Ned Reynolds to emcee; Lennon Brothers and Gail to sing National Anthem
Dr. Jerry Davis, president of College of the Ozarks, will offer the opening prayer to start the 19th annual Bradleyville Scholarship Walk/Run this Saturday morning.
The school is dedicating this year’s event to the late James Paul Keeter, a long time resident of Bradleyville and a great benefactor to the school and community.
Mr. Keeter attended Bradleyville School in his early years and served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Ozarks for many years. He was a major contributor to the building of the Keeter Center.
The walk/run provides a $1,000 scholarship for each graduating Bradleyvile senior every year he or she remains in college or accredited trade school. It has been a boon to encourage young people to continue their education after high school.
The generous support of friends of the school, businesses and those who just appreciate seeing young people blossom through more education has helped this event take on a life of its own. Now, hundreds show up every year to toe the starting line on the first Saturday in May.
The 5k run and one-mile walk begin at 9 a.m. at the Southern Construction Shop on Brownbranch Hill, five miles east of Bradleyville off Highway 76.
Hundreds of walkers and runners ranging from kindergarten to college age and older will participate with some of the faster ones competing for the cash prizes – $500 each to the overall 5k female and male winners, $250 for second and $125 for third. The over-40 age group will win $250 for first, $125 for second and $65 for third.
Generous donors have provided more than $350,000 to help Bradleyville kids over the past 19 years, and the number going on to college has increased markedly. Anonymous donors pay all prize money; nothing comes from the scholarship fund.
KY3 sportscaster Ned Reynolds will emcee the race and award checks, trophies and ribbons. The Lennon Brothers and Gail will sing the National Anthem and participate in the event. Free soft drinks, bottled water and hot dogs will be served.
Dot and Leon Combs invite everyone to their home on the Beaver Creek Elk & Cattle Ranch for dessert, coffee and soft drinks after the event.
If you haven’t registered in advance, please be at the site no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more information call the school, 417-796-2288, or register on line at www.active.com.