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1st Annual Run 'Round Rose

The inaugural Run 'Round the Rose will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 7 a.m. The race will start from the regionally renown Spanky's Stone Hearth Restaurant and continuing for a 12 mile scenic route around beautiful Rose Lake.

Runners will find the route both scenic and challenging as it circles Rose Lake on black-top county roads and highways and maintained gravel/dirt secondary roads. Lush farm fields, lake vistas, woodlands and dairy farms will provide participants plenty of Mother Nature to observe during their jaunt.

Medals will be awarded to the top-three finalists in Men's, Women's and Relay categories.

And at the conclusion, the cool, clear waters of Rose Lake will revitalize the body for anyone who will take the plunge.

This event will be a timed race for athletes wishing to test their skill, but most importantly, the run will be a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Runners of all calibers will be running for a great cause - and the important part will be to complete the 12 miles and raise money for diabetes research. And in the meantime, enjoy the sport we all love. A post-run awards reception with beverages and snacks will follow at Spanky's Stone Hearth.

Individuals and teams who want to participate in this fundraising running event have the option of collecting pledges from friends, family, businesses, etc., for each mile they run, or make a donation to cover the entry fee cost of $60 for an individual or $150 for a 4 person team. The minimum pledge amount must be collected prior to the date of the event and submitted at registration on Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Following are suggested amounts which runners are encouraged to solicit if they will be asking for pledges. As you can see, it doesn't take much from several people to make a sizeable donation:

• 50c per mile from 10 people = $60

• $1 per mile from 10 people = $120

• $2 per mile from 10 people = $240

All individual runners or team captains must complete and send in pre-registration information, including a $25 confirmation fee if collecting pledges, by Wednesday July 9, 2008, to receive a Run 'Round the Rose event t-shirt. The $25 will be applied to a runner's minimum pledge amount at race day registration. Runners who would rather pay the entry fee can either pay $50 in advance (to insure an event t-shirt will be ordered) or $60 the day of the run. Early Registration for relay teams is $125. (Complete fee schedule is shown below) The required forms can be downloaded. Liability waivers will be signed the day of the run at registration. The event director can also be contacted at for copies of these forms as well. Checks must be made out to Run 'Round the Rose and cash will be accepted as well on the day of the event. Net proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association.

Pre-Registration & Fees:

If mailing by July 9th:

• $25- if bringing min. of $45 in pledges on day of run for an individual; or

• $50- if bringing min. of $100 in pledges on day of run for a relay team; or

• $50- if paying total advance entry fee for individual; or

• $125- if paying total advance entry fee for 4 person relay team

To pay on day of the event:

• $45 min. in pledges for individual;

• $100 min. in pledges for relay team;

• $60- for individual entry fee (non-pledge);

• $150- for 4 person relay team (non-pledge).

(Event t-shirt not guaranteed for those not pre-registering)

Mail in your pre-registration information and fees to:

Run 'Round the Rose

C/O Vergas State Bank

P.O. Box 67

Vergas, MN 56587

Make checks payable to Run 'Round the Rose. All entry fees, pledges and donations are tax deductible.

The race organizer is former NFL player Jim Jensen. Jensen has been coming to Rose Lake since 1969, and growing up with a mother who had diabetes, knows the affect the disease can have on others. The Run 'Round the Rose is dedicated to the memory of his mother, Lois, and to all the others who have suffered complications from diabetes.

He was a four year varsity letter winner for the University of Iowa's football and track teams, and played for 7 years in the National Football League as a runningback for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. He has been a life long athlete and fitness enthusiast and understands the importance of maintaining a physically fit and healthy lifestyle.

Jim currently lives in Windsor, CO when he isn't at Rose Lake.

For more information on the race or to register, go online to or e-mail questions to