Reaching the finish line: Race allows community, organizations to participate

 

Graphic by Erin Jackel/The News

Savannah Sawyer
Assistant Features Editor

The weather is getting warmer and most want to spend more time outside. This weekend it’s possible with the 5K Run4Another race.

The proceeds from the race will go to Murray Christ Ambassadors World Missions and Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens.

“I really love running and the money made goes to mission trips this summer and to help support Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens, which I think is awesome,” Audrey Kellett, freshman from Murray, said.

Those of any age are able to participate in this weekend’s 5K race.

“We have everybody and anybody,” Ryan Brooks, director of the race, said. “We have people from as far as two or three hours driving in sometimes. A lot of the students, community members and kids this year as young as 7 and as old as 72.”

A lot of Murray State students are planning to participate in the race.

“I decided to run in this 5K because I have run in it every year that I have been here and have done well in it,” Erik Joyner, junior from Jackson, Tenn., said.

For some students, this is their first year participating.

“I had seen a flier for the 5K by the elevator and just instantly wanted to participate,” Alexis Ludovissie, freshman from Paducah, Ky., said. “I have not (competed in a 5K) but I completed a half marathon in April of 2011.”

According to the website, Run4Another began three years ago when three runners from Murray made the decision to start their own race.

“Myself and a few others that were all on the leadership team at the time, were driving three and four hours to participate in races,” Brooks said. “We were all runners and just really

enjoyed going all over the place. We just thought we could put that event on right here in Murray that would be a great event for people and would raise a lot of money for great causes.”

The winners of the race are categorized by age group.

“Winners in age groups receive medals and then every single participant gets a race shirt, and most of the participants, possibly all, get a goodie bag with all kinds of coupons and goodies and other stuff in there as well,” Brooks said.

Participants with get the opportunity to receive gift baskets from local stores.

“There will also be a raffle at the end of the race that everyone is entered into,” Brooks said.

There are several people currently registered for the 5K and Brooks and his team are still expecting more.

“We have 165 registered now,” Brooks said. “We could do 60 to 75 percent of that on race day morning so we’re looking for numbers between 250 and 300 this year.”

The race will start at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the gates off 15th and Olive streets. Participants will turn right onto Sycamore Street taking that to S. 18th Street. From there, participants will travel a short way on Route 94 to meet up with N. 18th Street. On the last leg of the race, participants will take a right on Ryan Avenue, a right on Kentucky Avenue and finally make one last right turn onto N. 15th Street to finish up back at the gates.

It’s not too late to register. Registration is online or on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the starting line.