Torchbearers: Friday, Sept. 9

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will pass through Putnam County from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Featured in this edition of the Banner Graphic are the first three of 21 torchbearers for Putnam County.

Makenzie Carr

Makenzie has been an active community member since childhood when she was involved in church and 4-H activities. In 2013, she became founder and president of the nonprofit organization, A Kinetic Change, Inc. (AKC), after losing her younger brother Keith in an accident in Rome. Its mission is to increase community activity by creating recreation facilities and organizing fitness events.

As president of AKC, Makenzie has organized the annual Camo America Rainbow 5K runs, involving nearly 200 participants each year, helped build an outdoor basketball court at Big Walnut Sports Park and sponsored a Putnam County Youth Soccer League team.

Makenzie Carr will be riding on a tractor to start the Putnam County route, taking the torch at Putnamville and riding north on County Road 75 West. After crossing the railroad tracks on County Road 550 South, Makenzie will get off the tractor and run the torch to County Road 50 West, handing it off to Jane Best.

Jane Best

Jane was educated in the South Putnam School Corporation where she began her love of running. She hopes to participate in the Boston Marathon someday.

Jane and her husband own the Dairy Castle om Greemcast;e and employ high school and college students. Jane mentors her employees, teaching strong work skills and ethics by setting an excellent example.

Jane Best will be running and carrying the torch north on County Road 50 West before handing it of to Rebecka Howard.

Rebecka Howard

Rebecka works at Putnam County Comprehensive Services. She dedicates her runs to a stranger who cannot run and runs with Steven, who is in a wheelchair.

Rebecka is a member of 100 Women Who Care of Putnam County and is a group fitness instructor.

Rebecka Howard will be running and continuing to bear the torch northbound on County Road 50 West and 25 West.

Check out the Saturday Banner Graphic for the next three torchbearers.

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