FILE PHOTO Runners take off at the start of a previous Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5K. This year's run takes place Saturday, July 28.

LAKE PLACID — The Dr. Tom McDonald 5K has been a staple of the Caladium Festival since 2004 and McDonald was instrumental in getting the race going. He went to Rev. Ray Cameron and explained there used to be a 5K held in Lake Placid and there should be one again.

Cameron is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Placid.

“So the first few years, Tom was very much behind it,” Cameron said. “When the Lord called him home, the Ministerial Association and the local Rotary Club he was in suggested that we name the race after him.”

Cameron serves as race organizer, but said he receives help from other churches in the area.

“I was hoping to share the leadership, but the churches cooperate and put together and cover water booths, providing the fruit, setting up, registration and organizing the volunteers,” he said. “One of the neat things is the door prizes, the community businesses support this well. They provide dinners, sandwiches, oil changes, just all kinds of things. We give those out while waiting for the results to be tabulated.”

Cameron and McDonald wanted to see the race continue for some time, so they linked it with the Caladium Festival.

“We were anticipating it would go on a long time,” he said.

The event serves as a fundraiser for Samaritan’s Touch Care Center.

This year’s race takes place on Saturday, July 28, and begins at 7 a.m. from First Presbyterian Church. For information or a registration form, call 863-465-2742 or visit



Runners take off at the start of a previous Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5K. This year’s run takes place Saturday, July 28.


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