2013-10-10 / Local & State

5K Run/Walk To Honor Christian School Founder

Dale Gordon Memorial race set for October 19
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Late Dale Gordon The Late Dale Gordon The community will rally as part of the Fulton Fall Folk Festival next weekend to pay homage to a local leader and founding father of the Fulton County Community Christian School.

The eighth annual Dale Gordon Memorial 5K run/walk will get under way at the square in Needmore only steps away from the Christian School he helped form and served as an integral member of its board of directors. On Saturday, October 19, participants will convene at 7:30 a.m. for registration, with the walk itself getting under way an hour later.

According to event organizers, a slow-moving vehicle will traverse the race routes until all runners and walkers have crossed the finish line.

The run route itself is slated to follow that of years past and will follow Route 655 south of Needmore to a designated turnaround spot. Meanwhile, walkers will leave the square heading west on Pleasant Grove Road to a turnaround at the intersection of Barnhart Road.

Medals are scheduled to be awarded in a total of 12 genderand age-related categories. In addition, monetary awards are also bestowed on individuals raising the largest sponsorships. Following the awards ceremony, the Christian School will be featuring their “pioneer breakfast” consisting of a variety of tasty items such as pancakes, sausage and hash browns.

Organizers stated all money raised during the annual race is earmarked to benefit the Christian School where Gordon volunteered and headed off any maintenance and facility issues. In addition, Gordon is remembered as a member of the Needmore Bible Church, a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, a pastor’s prayer partner and a member of the building committee. He was also employed at Mack Truck for 34 years and had a passion for farming.

“Dale loved children and spent many hours working to make the Christian School a pleasant and enjoyable place for children to learn reference, respect and responsibility,” said Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Christian School board member. “His dream was for the school to grow and be a place where the children could learn of the love of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Gordon, 60, passed away in July 2006followinga41/2yearbattle with colon cancer.

Registration forms and information regarding the run/walk can be obtained by contacting the Fulton County Community Christian School at 717-573-4400 or at the school’s Web site at www.fcccsonline.org.

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