By Josh Dailey
On behalf of the Port St Joe High School Football team we want thank the more than 60 runners who braved the rain to come and make the 5K Fun Run a great success. We also want to thank the numerous volunteers and sponsors who all contributed to a successful event.
Thanks so much to Mike Lacour and the Centennial Celebration committee for letting us administer the 5K run. They were very helpful with the advertising by posting our race information to the event website. Also special thanks to Don Butler and Mark Cothran for setting up the flashing sign with our event information. The Gulf County Chamber and The Star also helped us with advertise for the race. Tracy Browning also assisted in advertising by passing out banners. Wayne Taylor made the flyers and also posted information about the race on the school website. The Gulf County TDC provided the goodie bags, water proof cases, lip balm and visitor guides.
Police Chief David Barnes and his department were very helpful in assisting with traffic control at the start of the race. The firehouse was also generous enough to let us use their facilities for registration. The Salvation Army also showed their support by showing up to distribute waters.
We want to thank student volunteers: Tyler Worley, Joel Cummings, Bryce Godwin, Austin Nobles, Rainee Nobles, Brayden Dailey and Caleb Odum. I really appreciate their great attitudes and commitment despite having to wake up so early on a stormy day to help prepare for the 5K. They helped out with various tasks and worked hard keeping the runners hydrated at the refreshment stations set up along the race path. I’m very proud of these students and their hard work and dedication shows a lot about their strong character.
Our adult volunteers were Kayla Dailey, Sissy Worley, Courtney Cummings, Bobby Nobles, Terri Browning, Chuck Gannon, Jo Heimbuch and Sherry Thacker. They helped out with registration, preparing the food and monitoring at intersections. Their willingness to help out with whatever we asked of them was so very much appreciated. I would also like to give a special thanks to my father-in-law, Brian Heimbuch, who helped coordinate the race and was instrumental in its success. We are already looking forward to planning another race.
I would like to acknowledge all of our sponsors who helped support the event: Raffield Fisheries, Inc., Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza, Hannon Insurance Agency, Gaddis Construction, Wood’s Fisheries, Inc., St. Joe Rent all, Inc., Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union, Bell Foundation Company and Dodson Appraisals. The Piggly Wiggly of Apalachicola provided all of the drinks, bananas and oranges for after the race.
Thanks to Bobby Pickels and Duke Energy for providing mini first aid kits. Mainstay Suites provided t-shirts for the race. Greg Layfield and Jim Norton provided tables, orange vest for our volunteers working intersections, and cups for the race. It was a pleasure to work with Joey Browning at Columbus Trophy & Screen Printing who helped us design the technical shirts for our runners. A large portion of the shirt cost was also donated and greatly appreciated.
I truly believe we have a great community and it shows by the willingness of it citizens to volunteer their time and money for a great cause. The runners provided many comments about the great treatment they received and the hospitality shown by the volunteers. This was a proud day for the city of Port St. Joe.