Walking or running for a cause

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

3k run to raise funds for Barry-Lawrence County Development Center

The Exeter Corn Maze will be hosting the Around the Patch 3K Walk or Run for Autism on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. and all of the proceeds will go to the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, Inc.

Robyn Cole and her husband own the Exeter Corn Maze, and Cole said they had hosted an event like this a few years ago to raise funds for a local girl, Blazi Lowe, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“People kept asking about it, so we brought it back,” she said. “The money will be donated to the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center in Monett.”

Robyn said at this time, there are about 20 people signed up for the run, but she expects more to join.

“In order to get a guaranteed T-shirt, people have to be registered by Aug. 25,” she said. “There will be day-of registration available starting at 2 p.m., but there won’t be a guarantee for a shirt.”

Cole said the top three runners will receive a trophy following the race.

“This will be something that we will do annually from now on,” she said. “There were a lot of people who showed up for Blazi’s run, I would say about 300.”

Cole said on the day of the run, there will be free adult admission to the corn maze.

“We didn’t do it for a few years, and I imagine it will take a couple of years of us doing this before the number of registrations gets up really high,” she said. “This money is going toward building a new school for the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center.”

Cole said she has family members who have autism and go to that school.

“We go to school events there, and it really is just an amazing school for children with autism,” she said. “They really need a bigger school and the funds to build it, so we told them that we would do the run for them this year.”

Cole said the run will have very slight hills on dirt path around the pumpkin patch, and there will be some rocks.

The cost to race is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18-and-under, and refreshments will be available.

All participants will be required to sign a hold harmless, release of liability waiver the day of the race. Any participants under the age of 18 will be required to have an adult/guardian sign on their behalf. Robyn said sponsorship is available, and the benefits include:

• Name and Logo on race day T-shirt

• Signage during the race

• Recognition on website

• Opportunity to provide product literature, flyers, coupons or other promotional items in race goody bags.

• Company to supply promotional items

To become a sponsor, or for any questions, people may contact Cole at 417-846-3959, and to register, people may go to exetercornmaze.com/events.

Please mail payments to the Exeter Corn Maze, 21118 St. Highway MM, Washburn, MO 65772, and please make all checks out to Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, Inc.

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