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While the weather for Saturday’s race and Laurel Memorial Walk debates seemed bleak at first, events went off without a hitch. Steve Waterson of the Resource Center and Wayne Hotelling, Laurel’s dad, were both concerned that the potential rain would delay or completely cancel the event, but in Silver Creek the weather cleared from the start of the event. .
“Saturday went surprisingly well” Waterson said. “Depending on the weather, we were even worried about having the events. It rained for a while before the event started, but by the time 5K started at 8:30 am it was raining lightly. The rest of the morning was either like that or no rain at all.
Participation in the event was also relatively strong, especially when it came to the participating riders. Although the number of walkers was down from a normal year, possibly due to the weather, Waterson said the total number of runners was actually up.
“We had more runners than in 2019, but runners come out in all weather. “ Waterson said. “The number of walkers was down. Especially if you weren’t from Silver Creek and it was raining where you were, it was probably a deterrent.
The only major factor Hotelling and Waterson tried to take into account was possible delays due to lightning. Events are doable in the rain, but lightning would have caused a delay, and Hotelling even considered canceling events completely if there had been lightning.
“Every once in a while Steve and I would look at each other and say that’s what it is” Hotelling said. “If there was a flash, I thought we would cancel it, but it started going down around a quarter to eight and it went down. We had the opening ceremonies and the walkers were ready to go. We also had excellent security from the Silver Creek Fire Department and Police.
Concerns about lightning strikes and possible flooding eased as all runners and walkers were able to finish, leading up to Saturday’s main event, known as Laurel’s Legacy Lap, where anyone with a disability takes a lap.
“It’s the event that gives you a lump in your throat and pulls on your heart cords” Waterson said. “We hosted the event in Jamestown this year. It can be difficult to get the staff from the Jamestown Homes to Silver Creek on Saturday mornings so we organized that in Jamestown as well. “
Between the Friday and Saturday events for the 2021 Laurel Walk / Run, Waterson and Hotelling both recorded a fair number of successes for the annual event. Especially coming out of the pandemic, success was welcome for competitors and organizers.
“We had a great time and the people there had a great time” Hotelling said. “Everyone got their medal and of course we had a good tour of Laurel’s legacy. It was a very successful event.