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“Brownbranch Hill” overlooking Beaver Creek will be abuzz with excitement this Saturday as folks gather for the 16th annual Brad-leyville Scholarship Walk/Run.
Hundreds of graduating Bradleyville seniors have benefited from the annual Scholarship Walk/Run that provides $1,000 for each year he or she remains in college or an accredited trade school. The only school in the state with such a program, Bradleyville is proud that all these funds are provided through the walk/run that serves as a vehicle for supporters to provide donations and advertising funds to the program.
On Saturday morning, May 7, hundreds of walkers, joggers and serious runners of all ages and sizes will gather on Brownbanch Hill above the canoe rental to take part in the 16th annual event.
KY3′s Ned Reynolds will emcee the walk/run, and the Lennon Brothers and Gail will start things off with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Both the 5k and one-mile event begin at 9 a.m., but walkers and runners should be there by 8:30 to sign up and get their commemorative t-shirts.
Registration is $5 for students K-12, or $10 in pledges. Adult fee is $12.
Participants in the 5k run (3.1 miles) will be eligible for around $3,000 in total cash prizes. Both male and female winners will win a check for $500 while second place winners take home $250 and third place $125. The over-40 age group will win $250 for first, $125 for second and $65 for third.
Generous donors have provided more than $255,000 to help Bradleyville kids over the past 15 years, and the number going on to college has increased markedly. Anonymous donors pay all prize money; nothing comes from the scholarship fund.
Free soft drinks, bottled water and hotdogs will be served, and Dot and Leon Combs invite everyone to their house on Bugle Mountain to enjoy desserts, coffee, soft drinks and lots of casual visiting afterward.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Those coming from the Forsyth/Branson area must take a detour because MoDot is installing a new bridge three miles west of Bradleyville on Highway 76.
Here are the directions for the quickest, shortest route. Do not follow the MoDot signs at Kissee Mills Junction two miles east of Forsyth. Instead, continue eastward on 76 through Taneyville, then turn right (south) on Highway FF. Follow FF two or three miles until it becomes Patterson, which takes you to a stop sign at Cedar Hollow Road. Turn left, go two or three miles to the next stop sign and Hwy 76. Turn right and go about one mile to Bradleyville.
Continue on Hwy. 76 about five miles to Brownbranch where you will go up the hill behind the canoe rental to Lonnie Combs’ Southern Construction shop, headquarters for the Scholarship Walk/run.
For more information call the school, 417-796-2288, or register online at www.active.com.