MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Sponsors
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS How Funds are Used
A-COM Aflac Acura/BMW Big Dog Running Callaway Blue Water Callaway Gardens Copaco Columbus Bank & Trust Columbus Public Safety Columbus Regional Healthcare System Columbus Sports Council Columbus State University Columbus Tape and Video Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau Containers by Reeves Fraternal Order of Police
The past 33 years, Country’s has had the privilege of hosting the Midnight Express. While all the past years have been about running and having fun, the last 20 or so years have also been about raising much needed awareness and money for the visually impaired in our community.
For more information, contact: Scott Ressmeyer at (706) 366-4416
Just a few of the ways your participation has positively affected the visually impaired have been through the donation of a ventilator that prevents blindness in premature babies, the purchase of multiple pieces of equipment for several grade schools that include a specialized copy machine, a total graphics solution package, a digital imaging system, and laptop computers equipped with Jaws software. And you’ve helped provide scholarships that allow visually impaired students to continue their education at the college level. You have also been able to support veterans through the Blinded Veterans Association. Some funds from Midnight Express will help provide specialized equipment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Medical Center that helps prevent blindness and ophthalmologic screening instruments to aid in the early detection of retinopathy that sometimes arise as a complication of premature birth.
34th Columbus Regional Healthcare System 707 Center Street Columbus, Georgia 31901
Georgia Military College Jay Auto Mall Max Fitness Network Systems Group Outside World PTAP Ride on Bikes Southwest Airlines Triangle Beverage United Cheerleading United Rentals Verizon West GA Eye Care Center WTVM
5,000 Meter Road Race
Midnight Saturday, August 23, 2014 3137 Mercury Drive Columbus, Georgia
Thursday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.-Golf/Maple Ridge 9 holes Daylight and 9 holes Glow-in-the-dark Friday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. CSU Softball Field Beep Ball/Softball game Sponsors (blindfolded) vs. Chicago Comets
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Must register prior to race Pre-registration packets will be available on Race Day from 6:00 p.m. until race time.
Early registration (through August 21, 2014) $20 Late registration (August 22 & 23, until 11:30 p.m.) $25
Midnight Express T-Shirt Country’s Barbecue Sandwich Country’s Famous Iced Tea Popcorn, Fruit
Country’s Barbecue Helping the Visually Impaired in Our Community
My name is Kevin, I wanted to share my story in hopes it will inspire! I was born premature. The oxygen I needed to survive caused me to lose my sight and medicines also damaged the nerves in my ears causing a moderate hearing loss. That was 26 years ago. My mom spent much of her time driving me to Atlanta to the only center for visually impaired available at that time. Once I entered school I was I was considered disabled. As a child I didn’t understand it; I was enjoying life; biking down hills with my brother, horseback riding, ice skating, roller skating, swimming lessons, Cub scouts and rock climbing. My mom found a very special qualified 20 year vision teacher (Debbie Parkman) by 4th grade and she came and worked with my teachers.
All runners receive:
Saturday, August 23, 5:00 p.m.-Poker Run Starts at Chattahoochee Harley Shop 8:00 p.m.-Car Show presented by: PTAP
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Other Midnight Express Events:
Illuminated Course ChampionChip Timing
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Music begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Country’s parking lot on Mercury Drive
Open Division: 1st, 2nd and 3rd for both male and female Age Group Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Age: 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Masters (40 and over): 1st female, 1st male Grand Masters (50+): 1st female, 1st male Wheelchair: 1st female, 1st male Visually Impaired: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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Saturday, August 23, 2014
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Awards
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By middle school accessibility had improved and a teacher’s assistant Ms. Hale was hired while a search for vision teacher continued. She spent hours learning Braille and understood my special needs. She became my foundation for instruction through 12th grade. I became the first blind student in 12th grade to master in computers in Georgia 4-H. I was the first Blind Braille reader to graduate from high school in my county. With continued support I have earned my Associates degree in Computer Support and have finished most of my core classes towards my Bachelor’s Degree.
Make checks payable to: Country’s Barbecue Mail or bring registration to: Country’s Barbecue 3137 Mercury Drive Columbus, Georgia 31907 You also can register online: www.countrysbarbecue.com
Also, be sure to check out the pictures after the race on our website!
I am a player with Midnight stars Beep Ball team. I love supporting programs like Midnight Express Run in Columbus. A chance to play Beep baseball not only is fun but educates the public. Support with access to knowledge and the will to push through is all I needed. It just took different tools to get there. My biggest hope is that the visually impaired are not judged by their disability but rather on their skills and knowledge and to be able to have a chance to learn. I have been blessed and am always ready to venture out. I hope you are too?
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Registration
Register online at www.countrysbarbecue.com Please print Name Address City
Date of birth Age
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Email Please circle if participating in one of the following divisions: Wheelchair Visually impaired Waiver: In consideration of acceptance for this entry, I waive all claims for myself and my heirs against officials or sponsors of the Midnight Express for injury or illness which may directly or indirectly result from my participation. I further state that I am in proper physical condition to enter this event.
Signature Date Parent or Guardian if under 18 (on race day) OFFICE USE ONLY Race Number