Noah’s Gift 5K Gears Up with Three Pre-Race Events

By: Whitley Rives
October 9, 2012

Participants in the Noah’s Gift Memorial 5K Run-Walk-Skate can beat the crowds at the registration tables on Oct. 13 by picking up their goody bags (and some good eats) at three area locations.

The fun starts Oct. 9 at Buon Cibo restaurant in Hernando from 6-8 p.m. From there, the “NG5K” entourage moves to Fillin Station Grille in Southaven from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11. On Oct. 12, race organizers will host package pickup at the Bank Plus Sunset Lawn Pickup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Maddox Foundation lawn (180 W. Commerce St.) in Hernando.

“This group of people (the NG5K race committee) really likes to combine charity with food and fellowship,” race Co-Chair Lisa Beene says. “It’s really like a week of parties, with the big ‘shebang’ immediately following the race on Saturday. The driving force, of course, is doing something wonderful for teenagers and promoting philanthropy, but we all want to have the absolute most fun we can squeeze out of every fundraising opportunity.

“We’re fortunate to have great sponsors who help us do that by creating additional venues for us to hang out, visit, wine, dine and have a good time. And for our runners it makes race day a lot simpler. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

The race is the major source of public funding for theNoah’s Gift Endowment Fund, which is housed at The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. To sweeten the deal, The Community Foundation will add a 25 percent match to all net proceeds of the 5K event.

Noah’s Gift grants, inspired by the life and times of 16-year-old Noah Costa, make extraordinary experiences possible for young people ages 13-19 with the intention of bringing joy and inspiring philanthropy. The Fund’s first teenage grant recipient will be announced at the Post-Race Party on the Maddox Foundation lawn.

Race participants will receive a goody bag that includes a long-sleeved dri-fit, moisture-wicking performance T-shirt sponsored by Belhaven University, a statement wristband sponsored by Farm Bureau/Farm Bureau agent Mike McLendon, and a voucher to the RiverKings Hockey Home Opener.

Like many 5K races, this year’s NG5K event will feature professional electronic timing, medals for top runners in each age category, and fun awards for everyone.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi at 662.449.5002 or assistant@cfnm.org or check out noahsgift5k.weebly.com or www.racesonline.com.
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