On Saturday morning under the cover of clouds, more than 40 runners ventured to Rock Creek Park to outrun the Revenuers. And while there were no Revenuers on scene, the charity run did collect quite a sum of revenue for local children.
At 8 a.m. Aug. 24, community members of all walks of life came out to the annual Revenuers Run 5K event at the park to support the Kiwanis Club of Dawson County’s mission to help children in the community.
“Our goals as a club are to support the needs of children in our community so anything from this race goes back to serve that,” said club member Melissa Mayton. “We’re a small club but we feel like we’re pretty mighty.”
The Kiwanis Club of Dawson County was formed in 1998 and has sponsored an annual 5k race since 2004, though it went through a few different names before being named the Revenuer’s Run after Dawsonville’s moonshining history.
"Revenuers" is the term used to describe U.S. Treasury Department agents who were charged with enforcing laws against bootlegging and illegal distilling. Dawsonville's claim to be the birthplace of stock car racing largely rests with its ancestry in moonshine and the racing skillset acquired while outrunning local authorities.
The annual race was put on by Insane Endurance and consisted of a first loop around the park’s service road then trekked up to Hwy. 9 before returning into the park along the hiking trails. It clocked in with only 74 feet of climbing, making it one of the flatter races in north Georgia.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and our main sponsor is Northeast Georgia Health Systems.,” said Kiwanis Club President Regina Varnado. “They always have a great turnout, a lot of runners, which is wonderful.”
Varnado said she estimates the run will raise more than $5,000 that will all go towards the club’s local initiatives.
The Kiwanis Club partners with UNICEF in The Eliminate Project to promote the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that is responsible for the loss of nearly 60,000 women and babies each year as well as sponsors Christmas in July at the Rainbow Children’s Home in Dahlonega and provides a $1,000 scholarship to a Key Club senior at Dawson County High School.
“We just have a small team with Kiwanis, but we do a lot in the community,” Varnado said. “We don’t want to stay small. We’re always looking for new members.”
The Kiwanis Club of Dawson County meets on the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For more information on the club, visit www.facebook.com/KiwanisclubofDawsoncounty.