DRAMM Corporation and OFA are sponsoring the 5th annual 5K Relay at the OFA Short Course, in July, with proceeds benefiting the Floriculture Industry for Research, Scholarships and Trusts (FIRST). This year's race, themed "FIRST-AID," will raise money by participants running in the short relay the day before the Short Course begins.
The funds allow the non-profit organization to provide scholarships to students obtaining horticulture degrees for furthering their education and grants for floriculture research and studies. "FIRST is a great organization that is giving back to the industry," said Marcy Stenstrom, marketing and public relations manager for DRAMM.
The 5th annual 5K relay is on Saturday, July 10, 2004. Check-in begins at 6 a.m., and the relay starts at 7 a.m. The registration fee is $100 per running team and $25 per walker due before May 5, 2004. After May 5, the fee is $125 per team and $30 per walker. All proceeds benefit FIRST and are tax deductible.
Each relay team consists of four people who will race the 5K (3.1 mile) pre-planned route. Each participant will complete a 1.25K leg and return to the starting line to pass the baton to their teammate. If anyone would like to participate but does not have a team, organizers will match people up to form a team.
Runners placing first, second and third in the timed event will receive a trophy and be honored in the awards ceremony at the Short Course opening reception on Sunday, July 11, 2004 at 7:45 p.m.
New this year, people who would like to participate but at their own pace could walk the route individually or as a team. Walkers are still raising money for a good cause.
A company can become a sponsor for the event even if they do not participant in the relay. The company's name or logo will be added to the official relay T-shirt, relay start/finish line banner and promotional materials to show the company's support to the industry. All sponsorships must be committed before May 5, 2004 to ensure that the sponsor information is added to the T-shirt and promotional materials.
Stenstrom says, "The relay provides a wonderful networking opportunity that allows people in the industry to meet others they might not have come in contact with before."
To learn more about the 5K relay at the OFA Short Course, visit www.dramm.com .