Running for rotary

Community enjoys S.L.A.K.R. run

BALDWIN — Rain showers didn't stop participants from enjoying the first S.L.A.K.R. (Slow, Lazy, And Kick-backed Run) 0.5 K event, hosted by the Baldwin Rotary Club Saturday morning.

Smiling faces and laughter could be seen and heard as community members of all ages - from young children, to some in their 90s — walked or ran down M-37 through downtown Baldwin. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office kept vehicle traffic off the highway from the courthouse through downtown.

Umbrellas shielding participants from the rain and the bright blue S.L.A.K.R. shirts many wore, splashed reflections of bright colors in the puddles on the sidewalks and in the street, adding a sense of vibrancy.

Baldwin Rotary President Terri Vanias, was thrilled with the participation.

"I was hopeful to get 24 people signed up, but we had 48 register, and then another six to eight people joined at the last minute,” she said. “The rotary will turn around and give this money back to the community during grant application time.”

Participants enjoyed the fact people could go their own pace during the 0.5 K, moving as fast or slow as they wanted. After exerting themselves, or not, the aroma of barbeque chicken dinner with all the fixings was an inviting treat to the participants, who found their way to Wenger Pavilion. Fun prizes topped off the memorable occasion.

Plans for next year’s event are already in progress. Baldwin Rotary Club is always welcoming new members. The club meets at noon on Wednesdays at Pompeii’s in Baldwin.