The Troy Roundabout Run at the new South Lincoln Drive Interchange went off without a hitch on Saturday, August 31. There were a total of 143 participants involved in the event as well as family and friends from five states who came out to support those participating in the day’s festivities. The large number of participants was a welcomed sight to the event organizers given the heat index was above 100 degrees.
With such a large turnout, race organizers were able to give out a total of 30 trophies. Trophies were awarded to the top six overall finishers as well as the top finishers in 24 age groups. Most notably Helen Hamlett, 83, of Wentzville won the top spot in the female 65 and over category. This accomplishment was made even more special given the high temperatures of the day.
All funds raised for the event went to cover costs of putting on the race and also to fund two scholarships for the amount of 500 dollars each. The scholarships are open to Lincoln County High School students who write the best paper on the benefits of a Roundabout. The deadline for applicants wishing to receive one of the scholarships is Oct. 31, 2013. The winners of the scholarships will be awarded with their scholarship on Nov. 30, 2013. For more information about the scholarships and to view the Scholarship Application please visit TroyRoundaboutRun.com. All high school students in Lincoln County are greatly urged to submit a paper in hopes of receiving one of the two great scholarships.
With such a great event being held this year, there have already been requests to make the Troy Roundabout Run an annual event. So, Jim Ditter has announced they are already making plans for next year’s race. Please keep an out for dates and information on next year’s event in the Lincoln County Journal.
Event organizers would like to give a special thanks to all their sponsors for making this year’s race so special. Our Sponsors for the Troy Roundabout Run Include: Bodine Aluminum, Professional Rehabilitation Services, Dr Terry Haub and his Staff, Aegis Emergency Management, Woods Fort Country Club, Troy High School Cross Country Boys and Girls, Troy United Soccer Club, Wentzville Rainbow Assembly, and our many awesome sponsors this year. Thank You Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Troy and a very special thanks to the MODOT of Transportation, Weber Construction Company and all the workers who we strive to keep SAFE out on the Missouri Highways for helping us and letting us make these Events happen.
Although the race may have been over the excitement was far from over at the new South Lincoln Drive Interchange as the Troy Masonic Lodge #34 AF&AM performed a George Washington style Cornerstone Ceremony. During the ceremony a grey granite stone, dedicated to “America’s Hero’s” was placed at the base of the new flagpole in the center of the second roundabout of the new South Lincoln Drive overpass. The stone reads “ Thank You America’s Heroes Dedicated by Grand Lodge AF&AM of MO Aug. 2013 and was created by Troy Marble and Granite.
Immediately following the ceremony participants in the Troy First Baptist car show were invite to cruise through the roundabouts as spectators from the Cornerstone Ceremony watched on.
The large turn out at the events of the day go to show that even with Missouri’s hot and humid Augusts there is still fun to be had and the people of Troy are still willing to come out and show their support for the community.