April 23, 2009
Run for the Fiesta charity run May 2

Lees-McRae College will host Run for the Fiesta, a charity race to benefit programming at the Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex at Lees-McRae May 2. The entry fee for the race is $20 and it begins at 1 p.m. at the historic Lees-McRae Mill Pond.

We will run, walk, jog or stroll through Lees-McRae College's campus and on the Banner Elk Greenway to get to Los Arcoiris for fantastic Mexican food. All participants will get a fiesta shirt, a raffle ticket for chances at great prizes, a chance at several free giveaways, free food and great drink specials, all while supporting a great cause!

"The Arthur Student Recreation Complex has become a staple in the Banner Elk community, offering programs to the local community, families and, of course, Lees-McRae College students. We'd love to be able to offer even more activities to the community and continue to keep the events at the lowest possible cost which is usually FREE!" said Dani Usedom, Director of Campus Recreation at Lees-McRae.

Registration will run from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Participants may also print and mail an entry form from the website, or register online and pay at the event.

Kathryn Gatewood, whose children haven't missed one Kidz Zone yet, said, "We're new to the Banner Elk community, and I have appreciated Lees-McRae College so much for opening up the new [Arthur] Student Recreation Complex for Kidz Zone every Monday and Friday. Not only has it been an awesome place for our kids to have fun with other kids, but it's also been a good place for parents to hang out."

Kidz Zone is a free program for local children to come and get active in the Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex on Mondays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. Kidz Zone is just one of the many programs that will benefit from the proceeds of the race.

Lees-McRae junior Katie-Marie Legg said, "I am really excited for the event! I have been telling all of my friends and professors about it. I am definitely not going to miss out on this one!"

Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to, iTunes gift cards, local restaurant gift certificates, Lees-McRae College gear, water bottles, socks and much more!

Mars Hill Alum, Kate Pritchard said, "I have been looking forward to this event for the past month! Banner Elk has some great running trails and I can't wait to take part in the fiesta at Los Arcoiris."

For those interested in making a weekend out of the trip, we have reserved great rates with our friends over at the Best Western Mountain Lodge. Call 828.898.4571 and ask for the Run for the Fiesta Lees-McRae College rate!�

There are plenty of other things to do in Banner Elk that weekend, so come on out. Choppers, in the Best Western Mountain Lodge, is having its grand opening event on May 1 and Lees-McRae College one-act play performances will take place on May 2-3.

"This event should be a total blast and is a great way to do something active, make a difference in a community and meet some new people," said Usedom.

Click here to register for the race.

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