Annual Chevy to the Levy 5K run
By Scott Ammons
From the award-winning Robeson County Agricultural fair to the football victories for UNCP’s Braves and Purnell Swett’s Rams to the Chevy to the Levy festival, 5K and family fun run, there were plenty of activities throughout Robeson County Oct. 5 to 7.
Despite the much needed rain that fell across the county, participants flocked to these events as well as the Flora McDonald Highland Games in Red Springs.
Purnell Swett wins
On Oct. 5, the Purnell Swett Rams went toe-to-toe with the Lumberton Pirates in what has become one of the state’s largest football rivalries. This year the bragging rights went to the Rams after defeating the Pirates 27-7.
Still reveling from the victory over the Pirates, students, alumni and townspeople converged on UNCP and Lumbee Guaranty Bank Field on Oct.6 to watch their Braves play their first homecoming football game in more than 50 years.
The Braves defeated Webber International 31-21.
Although rain clouds settled over the area that evening and throughout the night, the spirit for fall festivities wasn’t dampened.
Chevy to the Levy
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and townspeople headed to Lumberton on Oct.7 for the annual Chevy to the Levy.
The yearly event offered activities for all ages, such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hay rides, live entertainment, a 5k run and, of course, food.
“The Chevy to the Levy festival has evolved over the years into a premier family fall festival. It has become an event for families to come together and enjoy fellowship while promoting healthy activities and family fun,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, in town to take part in the event. “The people of Robeson County have a hidden gem here at Luther Britt Park; there is a variety of activities for all ages.”
The Center for Community Action, also known as Riverway, provides canoes and kayaks for anyone wanting to take a paddle on the lake.
“We live in the middle of a natural theme park that very few people access, so Riverway provides that opportunity, said Mac Legerton, director of the Center for Community Action.
“Here at Riverway Outdoor Adventure and Culture Center, we educate and provide a recreational experience on the Lumber River.”
One of the largest attractions each year is the 5k run and family fun mile.
The event is sponsored by the Robeson Road Runners club and raises money for community projects.
This year's event will benefit the special needs class at Lumberton High School.
“For me, it was really the thrill of victory for homecoming weekend when the football team wins and the volleyball team wins to remain undefeated, then the agony of defeat when you’re in a 5k, and you’re sucking wind and suddenly you hear ‘hey, Coach Kenney’ and you watch one of your athletes go running by, cross the finish line and then turn and wave at you while wearing inflatable Mickey Mouse gloves,” said UNCP Athletic Director and Robeson Road Runner club member Dan Kenney.
The athlete Kenney was referring to was Senior Valerie Buchite of the Lady Braves soccer team from Jacksonville, N.C.
“This truly has been an event filled weekend for me,” said McIntyre.
He also attended the Robeson County Agricultural fair, Purnell Swett football game, Flora MacDonald Highland games as well as The Chevy to the Levy.