Leader of the Pack 5K & Fun Run Saturday

May. 10, 2013 @ 06:21 AM

The fourth annual Leader of the Pack 5K & Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at McNair Field in Forest City.

The race is the signature fundraising event for Communities In Schools of Rutherford County and part of the Rutherford Race Series.

The race begins at McNair Field and proceeds through Forest City with categories that include Top Male and Top Female in ages 14 and under to 70 and over, Top Overall Male and Female, Top Master  and the non-runners, the Rockin’ Runner category, where participants sit at the finish line and cheer the runners on.

One of the most popular awards is the Most School Participants category which allows runners, walkers and “rockin’ runners” to sign-in on their schools’ trophy and $100 in prize money for their school. The award is based strictly on number of participants, not race times. 

Registration opens at 6 a.m. with the 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Fun Run at 7:45 a.m.

Registration forms are available at Mountain 1st Bank in Forest City, with  online registration available through today, May 10, at 6 p.m. at www.strictlyrunning.com.

Communities in Schools works with the local public schools to surround students with community support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve life.

CISRC is a part of the North Carolina Communities In Schools.  In Rutherford County CISRC is recognized for its mentoring program and lunch buddy program in the elementary and middle schools, BackPack Food program, Camp Challenge, STARBASE, Perfect Attendance parties, school clothing closets, Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching and the annual tool-for-schools drive, “Stuff the Bus.”

Among sponsors of Saturday’s event are Mission Health/Asheville Cardiology, gold sponsor; Eaton Corporation, Tanner Companies, PPG, Smith’s Drugs, J’s Salvage and Spindale Drug, silver sponsors; Mountain 1st Bank, Moose Vending, Rollins Cafeteria, The Daily Courier and Facebook, bronze sponsors; Drop In Food Stores, Rutherford Management Corp., Edward Jones, Hardin’s Drug, Forest City Kiwanis, Odom & Associates, G. Stephen Bell, DDS and McCurry Deck, copper sponsors.



MLB pitcher at Cinema on Saturday 


FOREST CITY —SNbSMajor League Baseball free agent Todd Coffey, announces that he will be sponsoring a festival at locally owned Retro Cinema 4 in Forest City Saturday, May 11 beginning at 10 a.m.  Coffey will be at the theater to meet fans and sign autographs.

 The event includes a car and truck show, as well as a children’s corner, which will have inflatable houses, water slides and a dunking booth.   Hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, French fries, cotton candy, popcorn and sno-cones will be for sale.

 Car show entry is $10 and kids get armbands that let them play all day for only $5. 

Anyone interested in entering a truck or car for the show, please contact owner Mike Packett at 289-4067.

The event is a part of several fundraisers held to raise money needed to upgrade its four film projectors to digital. This is a mandatory requirement that Hollywood is issuing to all theaters. Without the upgrade, the cinema will be forced to go out of business, said Packett. 

“As long as the community wants the cinema in Forest City, I will not stop fighting to save it. I am not  a quitter,” Packett said.

His hope of support has been proven factual as the community has showed over and over that they not only want the cinema here, but feel a need for it, he said.

 To date, the community has helped raise $45,000 of the $300,000 that is required for the upgrade.  Each projector cost  $75,000 each. The deadline for digital projectors has been moved to January 2014.

Coffey was born in Shelby and attended Chase High School.  He was drafted in 1998 by the Cincinnati Reds. Now a free agent, Coffey throws mainly two pitches: sinking fastball at 95-96mph and a sharp dropping slider at 81-82mph.  He is best known for his full-speed sprints from the bullpen to the pitchers mound when brought into games. As a result, the Brewers introduced a “Coffey Time!” graphic on the scoreboard that keeps track of Coffey’s time to sprint from the bullpen to the mound after being called to pitch.


Music on the Mountains


CHIMNEY ROCK — Chimney Rock’s Music on the Mountain 2013 concert series, featuring bluegrass, folk and Americana bands from across Western North Carolina, kicks off at 12 p.m.  and runs until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 for Mother’s Day weekend. John Wilkes Boothe & the Black Toothe will open for Taylor Martin’s Engine, both from Asheville.

The family-friendly concert will be held at the Outdoor Classroom, a new intimate venue on the Meadows. Park guests can enjoy the music at no additional charge with special “buy one, get one free” Park admission. The concert series continues on August 11 and September 14.

Chimney Rock Park is also offering free admission for mothers on Sunday, with a purchase of a regularly-priced adult ticket for $12. 

Download the coupon from the Park’s website for the “buy one, get one free” admission and present to the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase on May 11-12.

SNbSA Spring Wildflower Walk on Chimney Rock’s Four Seasons trail will be from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Saturday. A park naturalist will lead the hike starting at 11 a.m. at Cliff Dwellers Gift Shop.