Run to help the trees

April 3, 2012 by  

The 20th annual Jeannette Genius McKean “Run for the Trees” event will take place on April 28th beginning at 7:30am at the Showalter Field. Entry fees are $20 until April 21, $24 from April 22-27 and $30 on the day of the event.

The 5K run is hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park and is being held in honor of National Arbor Day. Proceeds from the run will go to the “Winter Park Tree Replacement Fund”. Many communities are cutting down trees as they grow and run out of space; it is important that we replant since as we all know, we need trees to help us breathe. The local print companies, making posters and banners for events such as this, are becoming increasingly conscious of ensuring inks are environmentally sound and paper is recycled.

There is a separate kid’s run beginning at 8:45am; this has no entry fee. Each person who registers to run will receive a packet consisting of race information, a race number, a D-tag and a commemorative t-shirt. Winter Park printing companies will most likely be helping the organizers to design and print the t-shirts. Runners will also receive a young tree to plant wherever they wish.

Awards will be presented to runners in various age divisions as well as overall winners. There will also be a race walking component to the “Run for Trees”. Awards will be handed out beginning at 9:15am.

Jeannette Genius McKean was the founder of the Morse Museum of American Art in 1942. She was a well-known philanthropist and, in 2000, was named as one of the “Great Floridians.”