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October 3, 2012

Jog for Jake this weekend

TIFTON — The fifth annual Jog for Jake will be held Saturday at Tift County High School, with registration beginning at 4:30 p.m., the 5K run at 6 p.m., and the one-mile fun run at 6:45.

Jog for Jake was established in 2008. “The event was formed in memory of Jake Stewart, a wonderful young man, full of life and a love for children,” said Tyler Riddle, one of the organizers.

“ This fundraiser gives us an opportunity to remember Jake while doing something beneficial for our community – a Win/Win.”

All proceeds from Jog for Jake benefit Toys for Tots in Tift County.  Riddle said 2011’s Jog for Jake raised over $21,000 which provided gifts for about 1,700 children in Tift County.  All  purchases were made with local merchants.

“For all you dedicated runners, this is a ‘run and see Georgia’ grand prix event,” said Riddle.

Visit www.jogforjake.com for more info, registration and a list of sponsors.

Entries include an official T-shirt, drawstring sports bag filled with goodies, refreshments after the race and a fun evening with rewards and prizes.

Fees are $25 for the 5K, $15 for the one-mile fun run or $35 for both.

Runners can enter by mailing a registration form to Jog for Jake, 112 Long Pine Road, Tifton, GA 31794; online via the web site; or in person the day of the race.

Jake was killed in a car accident in November 2007. The event has raised thousands of dollars for local children’s Christmas gifts since it began.

“Please know how much your gifts are appreciated! Your donations will be used wisely in stores in Tifton for a Christ-filled Christmas for the precious children in our beautiful town,” the Jog for Jake board wrote in a previous letter to the public, printed in The Gazette.

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