Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) has been serving Tennesseeâ€™s students from their Oak Ridge recording studio since 1952. It is here that the Unitâ€™s 200+ volunteers spend their time creating recorded CD versions of textbooks used in schools locally and throughout the United States.
RFB&D has been holding their annual R-A-T Race (ENTRY FORM) for several years, but this year marks the inauguration of the runâ€™s move to Oak Ridge. In past years, the race was a 5k only, but this year will also feature a one mile fun walk and a 10k run. The race is sponsored by Oak Ridge Vision Center, ORNL Federal Credit Union and TN Bank.
â€œThe addition of the fun walk means that more people can get involved. We have many volunteers and community members who are unable to run, but still want to help our cause. The fun walk means that everyone can join in,â€ said Stephanie Guthrie, Development Director for RFB&D. â€œBut for serious runners, itâ€™s still a great course because itâ€™s newly certified and begins and ends downhill.â€
Awards will be given to both individuals and teams in several categories. RFB&D encourages local businesses and civic groups to coordinate teams for the walk to support the students with reading disabilities served by the organization.
â€œWe hope to see lots of church groups and local businesses out there, showing that education is important to Oak Ridge,â€ stated Guthrie. â€œWe currently serve more than 4,800 students in Tennessee, but there are thousands more who need our help.â€
The race begins at 8:00am on Saturday, June 7. The starting line is on Badger Road, near RFB&Dâ€™s office. Badger Road will be closed to non-emergency vehicles between 7:45-8:05 for the raceâ€™s start. The 5k course will send runners to Raccoon Road, onto Oak Ridge Turnpike, around Main Street, onto Wilson Street and then S. Rutgers Avenue, back to S. Illinois Avenue and back to Badger, where runners can ring the Friendship Bell at Bissell Park to celebrate their completion. The fun walk will take place on the walking track at Bissell Park.
For more information on the run, and for registration information, contact RFB&D at 865-482-3496.