Volunteers work year round under the direction of the Dianetics Athletic Association and the Clearwater Community Volunteers, contributing with their individual abilities and resources for the purpose of hosting a stellar race and the vital anti-drug message.
Over 700 copies of the “Answers to Drugs” booklets were given out at the race.
“Our goal is to spread the positive message “Say No to Drugs” to as many people as possible. It is especially important to us for this message to get to the younger generation - as they are the future - and
we don’t want our future on drugs. Race proceeds are given each year to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, West Florida Y Runner’s Club, Drug Free Marshals and other local charities including the Narconon
Drug Rehab Program.” – The Say No To Drugs Team
This event is truly a community effort. When asked to give an example of the kind of community support the Say No to Drugs Team received, Chris Alexander told us, “The race Co-Director Sue Minkoff worked closely with the Clearwater Police Department, riding the route twice with Lt. Steffens of the Beach Division, who is also the Commander of the Clearwater Police SWAT Team. The Lieutenant took it upon himself to drive the course twice on his own and on race day he personally led the “lead” police car. He said, he didn’t want to leave anything to chance and that our runners’ safety comes first. Sue told him, that his actions define the word ‘Responsibility.’” A full list of contributors and sponsors of this event can be found online at www.saynotodrugs.com
The 5k/10k run commenced in Downtown Clearwater, just in front of Stein Mart, at 8am sharp, with a massive army of dedicated runners from around the world, proceeding over the bridge, winding through Clearwater Beach and ending at beautiful Pier 60. After the race, the runners were bussed back for the famous fresh pancake award breakfast at the Harborview Center, prepared and hosted by the amazing Kitty and Bob Magness family.
Several times at other races and on race day, runners came up to Co-Directors Chris Alexander and Sue Minkoff and exclaimed, “This is absolutely the best race in town!” When asked “why?” one veteran runner replied, “because you have the best course, everyone who volunteers is so efficient—they do what they do very willingly and very quickly. No one else has a breakfast like you do. You guys make it a lot of fun!”
- Tampa Bay Informer
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