Annual Lake Burton Fun Run Promotes Healthy Lifestyle Through Fun Fitness
Jul 20, 2016 04:13PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
2014 Lake Burton Fun Run. Photo courtesy of the official website.
Robert Nichols, a member of the Board of Directors, had a great time while there. "I was in the pace car vehicle with The Clayton Tribune photographer and our official photographer," he said. "I have not missed a Lake Burton Fun Run yet."
A Little History
Proceeds from the annual event goes to support the three Lake Burton Volunteer Fire Departments, Rabun Search and Rescue and the Rabun County Sheriff's Canine Division.
VisionThe Lake Burton Fun Run is to be the best organized and best conducted run in our area.
The event will be a friendly competition in a unique setting with unparalleled scenic views.
The run will broaden community cooperation and participation in a healthy event and help motivate participants to have fun as they exercise.
2016 Community Spirit Award - in Memoriam of Mack O'Kelley
in his adult life he worked with the owner of Camp High Harbour for Girls here on Lake Burton.
From 1969 to 2013, Mack worked with Pop Pearson and Barbara and Frank Inman to
help develop Camp High Harbour. He created relationship with local vendors and organization
to support the camp and help in the mission of growing young people. From 1970 to 2013, Mack
spent all his time in Rabun County and specifically Lake Burton. He was the Site Director for
Camp High Harbour at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School during the summers from 1996 to 2001.
The entire time he supported his son at Camp High Harbour here on Lake Burton from summer of 1988 to the Summer of 2013.
Mack never met a stranger. He truly understood what it was to be a servant leader. He loved people and especially helping those who were in need. Camp High Harbour and his son would not be where they are if were not for Mack. The lives of those who attended Camp High Harbour and those who live on this little piece of heaven called Lake Burton are forevermore blessed to have met a man like Mack O’Kelley.
5 Star Performance Award - Barry Wood
In the late seventies, along with one of his brothers, Mr Fred Stuart, and several members of the community, he started Lakes Fire and Rescue, where he has been chief officer several times. Although he considers himself semi-retired, Barry still gets pressed into service by his son Matt, who is the current station captain.
Board of Directors Award - Jon NiemeyerJon is well known in the Lake Burton Community and in Metro Atlanta in the Tennis community. Jon helped organize the Tennis Venue for the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has managed around 80 courts in Atlanta including Dekalb Tennis Center and Blackburn Park. He has been a long time summer resident of Lake Burton. Jon brings event experience, his marketing skills and his ready smile to the Fun Run board. Jon and his wife Eleanor plan on spending more time at Lake Burton with the completion of their new cabin.
For a list of full awards, visit the Lake Burton Fun Run website.
Content courtesy of Robert Nichols, of the Board of Directors, and the Lake Burton Fun Run website.