Laurel Run

July 20-21, 2018 – Silver Creek NY

Laurel Run was created in 1997 by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek, NY, in honor of their oldest daughter, who had Down syndrome. Laurel Run is a celebration of the potential that exists within everyone who has a developmental disability, and it is a reminder that people with disabilities can accomplish great things if they are given the opportunity. Laurel Hotelling worked at The Resource Center’s Dunkirk Work Center for more than 30 years, and Laurel Run is dedicated to Laurel and her co-workers.

Laurel Run is a two-day event that takes places each year in mid-July. Day One consists of a relay run from Jamestown to Dunkirk, as well as the “Laurel-thon” in which individuals attempt to cover the entire 30-mile relay route themselves. The next day in Silver Creek, there are walking and running events for adults and children, plus “Laurel’s Lap” for anyone with a disability. Everyone who finishes one of the events receives a participation medal made by people with disabilities at The Resource Center.

Money raised through Laurel Run is used to support disability awareness and prevention activities, as well as to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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