5th Run for the Kay ahead on Saturday

She was born in the 1940s, we almost lost her a half century later, but now she’s looking better than ever.

“She” is the 62-year-old Kay Theatre, at the corner of Main and Davilla, and the fifth annual Kay Theatre 5K Run-Unrun will unreel Saturday morning.

The first four Run for the Kay events have had a lot to do with bringing the old theatre practically back from the dead.

The y ’ve g ros se d $40,000 toward restoring the Kay as a cultural and performing arts center.

Those four runs have drawn 785 participants.

Last year’s winner was Melvin Tomek of Round Rock.

KIDS RUN— For the third straight year, a short children’s “Kids Kay” dash will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K run and walk at 8:30.

The “un-run” allows persons who don’t wish to run or walk to support the event. Un-runners pay an entry fee, sit and cheer the participants.

The Communities in Concert Band will again provide “marching” music for the event.

Entry blanks are available on The Reporter’s web site, rockdalereporter. com.

AGES, PRIZES— The Kids Kay run is for youth ages 6-13. It loops a four-city block area. No barefoot running is allowed and runners’ shoes must be tied.

Age divisions, in both male and female categories, are as follows (as of Sept. 25, 2010):

Pre-Kay Dash— 6-7, 8-9, 10- 11, 12-13.

5K Walk/Run—<under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50- 59, 60-69, super seniors (70 and above).

Prizes include $100 cash, a gift basket and trophy to the overall male and female runners. Awards will also be presented to the top three finishers in the run, walk and Kids Kay divisions in each age group.

Registration for the Kids Kay is $8 per participant before Saturday and $10 on race day. Registration for the 5K and “Unrun” is $15 before and $20 on race day.

All registered entrants receive a T-shirt and snacks.

Start and finish is in front of the Kay Theatre,

Forms can be mailed to Kay Theater, 5-Kay 2010, PO Box 1572, Rockdale TX 76567. Event sponsor is the Kay Theatre Foundation.

HISTORY— The Kay Theatre is Quonset hut design, a style made famous by the U. S. military.

It soon acquired a reputation for showing westerns and for being an economical way to enjoy an evening out.

Kids got in for nine cents in the late 1940s into the early 1950s. When they turned 12 the price became 13 cents.

The theatre closed in the 1960s and was vacant for 40 years before the Kay Theatre Foundation was formed and ow ners Leon and Billie Noack and family donated the building and grounds for restoration and use by the community.

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