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Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay

Madison area runners to take part in
national relay event for charity

Flag-carrying relay team
to enter Madison on Oct. 29

(November 2014) – On Thursday, Oct. 30, a dozen runners from the Madison, Ind., area will take part in a segment of the Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay, an Olympic torch style relay of approximately 3,800 miles over 60 days from the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco to Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Washington, D.C.

Photo by Don Ward

Local Madison area runners participating in the segment of
the Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay from Madison to Cincinnati include (front row from left) Kelly Culp, Elizabeth Allen, Stacy Crawley,
Jan Powell, Lindsey Cook, (back
row from left) Tony Kummer,
Izzak Chandler, Todd Bass, John Crawley and Vince Schroeder.

The race began Sept. 11 and will end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. An American flag is being carried the entire distance over the course of the relay. The flag will be carried from each day’s starting point to a point approximately 65 miles east along the route. The goal is to raise awareness of and funds for veterans through Team Red, White & Blue, whose mission it is “to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” 
The local runners are running from the Lanier Mansion in Madison to Cincinnati. One by one, each person will run three to seven miles while carrying the flag, handing it off to the next person on the route.
“We have a few veterans running and an active member of the National Guard running as well, said Lindsey Cook, 31, a Hanover College lab coordinator who organized the local runners. She is also a member of Team RWB, so the organization contacted her last summer to see if she would organize a team of runners, since the route was going right through Madison, she said.
Cook is hoping to get several local runners from the area to greet the incoming runner on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Lanier Mansion. She would even like to have a police escort or firemen help greet the runner as he enters Madison from Hanover and runs down the Hanover hill into Madison.
The route will take the local relay runners over the Milton-Madison Bridge and up Hwy. 36 to Carrollton, then along Hwy. 42 all the way into northern Kentucky and finally into Cincinnati. Cook has already scouted out safe locations along the route for the handoffs of the flag. Madison resident John Crawley will lead off the relay on Oct. 29 and hand off the flag to his wife, Stacy, and so on. Matt True, a Madison police officer, is scheduled to carry the flag the final leg into Cincinnati.
One of the key reasons behind the development of the Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay is to raise awareness of the challenges facing veterans. The event also seeks to raise funds for Team RWB programs. In that connection, while there is no absolute requirement to fund raise, organizers have set forth a fundraising goal for each team of $1,000.
“We might not raise $1,000, but that is our goal,” Cook said of her group.
This is the first time for this nationwide event, but organizers are hoping to make it an annual thing, Cook said.

• For more information about the event or to donate to the cause, visit: www.teamrwb.org.

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