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BUZZELL: Spring will bring events to enjoy outdoors

By MARSHA PRIEST BUZZELL Sun News columnist

A few years ago, local businesswoman Natalie Claxton served as the inspiration for creating an annual race to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. Claxton was longtime owner of Manor Pharmacy, founded in Warner Robins back in the 1960s, an advocate for the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce and a dedicated fan of University of Georgia football. Sadly, the community lost her to Alzheimer's, but in her honor a group of runners organized Run 2 End Alzheimer's at the Landings, the neighborhood where the Claxtons lived. Now in its sixth year, the race has grown, and is presented by Geico this year on Saturday, April 2. All proceeds from the 5K, 10.5K and Fun Run will support the Central Georgia Alzheimer's Association.

Start and finish for the run will be at Landings Point Plaza on Ga. 247 in Warner Robins, just south of the Museum of Aviation. Packet pickup is at 7 a.m. and the races start at 8 a.m., going through the Statham's Landing neighborhood. Teams are encouraged, and they include Corporate Challenge, Military Challenge and End Alzheimer's Challenge. Registration discounts are available for teams, runners ages 12 and younger, Macon Tracks members and people who register early.

Race director John Rowland said that since the first run in 2011, the event has raised over $100,000 for the Alzheimer's Association. "The success ... is directly attributed to the generosity of our sponsors, donors, participants and our many volunteers," he says.

Complete details and online registering for Run 2 End Alzheimer's at the Landings are available at www.run2endalz.org or by calling John Rowland at 478-922-6556.

SCOTT GOLF TOURNEY

The Museum of Aviation will hold the 11th annual Brigadier Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, April 8, at Healy Point Country Club in Macon, Scott's hometown. Well-known for writing the book "God is My Co-Pilot," which was also made into a movie back in the 1940s, Scott was a fighter ace pilot during World War II. He later became the Museum of Aviation Foundation's national fundraising chairman and served for more than 20 years in that capacity. He passed away 10 years ago just short of his 98th birthday, but the museum continues his legacy to "make the next generation better."

The four-person scramble is an all-day event starting with breakfast, noon lunch in the clubhouse and an evening birthday celebration buffet at 6 p.m. Golfers have the choice of two tee times, 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and registration includes greens fee, riding cart, range balls and a commemorative golf shirt.

The tournament is chaired this year by Mark Stevens, with co-chairs Oliver Bateman III, Malcolm Burgess Jr., Marshall Butler, Gene Dunwoody, Guy Eberhardt, Lowell Register and chairwoman emeritus Carolyn Crayton. Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit programs of the museum, including the education department which served over 48,000 local students last year in the science, technology, engineering and math heritage programs.

For more details, call the Museum of Aviation Foundation at 478-923-6600 or email marylynnharrison@musuemofaviation.org.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at the 478-922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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