Rotary to hold pancake, fun run fundraisers Those not participating in the race can enjoy the pancake breakfast for $7 and the proceeds will benefit the club's projects like Stop Hunger Now, Little League teams and Christmas party.

Runners prepar to run in the last year's 5k fundraiser. Photo: Submitted
Runners prepar to run in the last year’s 5k fundraiser. Photo: Submitted

The Rotary Club of Morganton (North Carolina, US — D 7670) will offer food and a chance to get in shape with its ninth annual Flapjack 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run set for Saturday.

Both races will begin at Martha’s Park and end at the Morganton Community House.

The 5k will begin at 8 am and the Fun Run at 9 am. Cost for the 5k is $25 per person and the Fun Run is $15 per person.

Registration will include a free T-shirt, a goodie bag and admission to the pancake breakfast, which the Rotary will offer from 7-11 am at the Morganton Community House.

Bobby Walters, a club member who is organising the 5k, said the race will be timed by Rhonda and David Lee of Lee’s Timing.

The club will award first, second and third-place medals for the top finishers in each age and gender group.

There will be an additional $100 cash prize for the fastest runner overall.

Those not participating in the race can enjoy the pancake breakfast for $7 per person.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, eggs, juice and coffee. CJ Stancil of The Big Dawg 92.1 FM will be onsite to interview people who finish the race, according to club member Waits Gordon.

Gordon said the club served nearly 800 visitors last year.

The breakfast goes all the way back to 1958, and was originally intended as an event for people to get together to discuss politics.

“The reason the date (of the fundraiser) was selected is that it was three or four days before the election,” Gordon said in a previous interview.

“People were lined up in front of the Community House, and they were all talking about politics and what was going to happen. And the politicians would show up and be eating pancakes and shaking hands with everybody in the crowd.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the club’s projects, which include providing scholarships for local students, organising Stop Hunger Now events, sponsoring Little League teams, sponsoring students to attend a leadership summer camp each year and organising a Christmas party for area children in need each December.

The group also raises funds for Alzheimer’s research through its CART programme.

Members contribute donations in special CART buckets provided at each weekly Rotary Club meeting, and Rotary Clubs across the district just held a special CART dinner to raise additional money for the cause.

“The Rotary has been a champion for Alzheimer’s research for years,” Gordon said.

He said the club had pioneered the summer reading programme that the school system eventually took over to help struggling students improve their literacy skills.

More recently, the club sponsored its inaugural Ohana Mudder, an event that featured a mud-infused obstacle course to provide a fun activity for area families to enjoy.

Walters encouraged people to participate in the Rotary Flapjack 5k/1-Mile Fun Run.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” he said.

“It’s a good time for people to get together, and we have our normal regulars who attend the race every year.”

To pre-register for the race, visit www.finishlinepros.com.

People also may register the morning of the race, but the price for the race will go up to $30 that day.

Source: The News Herald

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