2011-07-09 / News

5K Walk raises nearly $4,000 for library

By Scott Rawdon


Walkers in the Friends of Buckeye Lake Library 5K head out Canal Road along the old Ohio-Erie Canal. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. Walkers in the Friends of Buckeye Lake Library 5K head out Canal Road along the old Ohio-Erie Canal. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. MILLERSPORT – Pickerington father and son Roger and Will Lammers are no strangers to 5K running events. “We try to do one every week,” said Roger Lammers.

He said he saw the June 25 Friends of the Buckeye Lake Public Library 2nd Annual 5K walk listed on runners.com. Also, Will, a student, mows lawns for some Buckeye Lake residents, so he was familiar with the area. “It looked pretty interesting,” said the elder Lammers.

The 5K walk, which is called a “walk” and not a “run,” because there’s no official timekeeper, was unusual in that instead of all paved surfaces, like most similar events, half of the course was on the grassy Ohio Canal greenway that literally led through a covered bridge beside Canal Road. The greenway was the former railroad bed. Baltimore historian Jim Reed described some of the canal’s history before the event.

“I’m so happy,” said Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library board member Dorothy Hertlein. She said the event, which had 62 participants, raised nearly $4,000 for the Buckeye Library. Last year’s event had 51 participants.

Hertlein explained that Licking County Library provides the staff, computers and lending materials, but the local Friends group is responsible for the building, utilities, repairs and insurance.

Soon, she said, the Buckeye Lake Library will have to pay rent when it moves to a new, more spacious location (the Village of Buckeye Lake owns the library’s current building and charges $1 per year rent). “That’s why we’re going to need more money,” said Hertlein. She said the library also sells pit beef sandwiches at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival to raise money and awareness. “We have lots of support from the community,” Hertlein said.

Although the 5K was not officially timed, Roger and Will Lammers crossed the finish line first.

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