Tifton Gazette


December 4, 2013

Kiwanis Run For The Kids

TIFTON — The ninth annual Kiwanis Run For The Kids 5K/ 1 mile event is set for Dec. 7.  Tom Shoup, event co-chair and club president said, "This event is held the first Saturday in December in Tifton to raise money for local children's charities and to highlight our town's historic district."  

In addition he noted the club modified the race logo to include the words, "Move, Run and Walk" in an effort to promote physical fitness in the community.

"More than $30,000 has been raised for local youth charities over the past several years," said Marvin West, club treasurer. More than 650 people have participated in this race over the past few years.  The Shoney's bear mascot will be available for pictures and will be the honorary race starter.   

Richard Golden, race co-chair, notes that the race will take place at 2 p.m. and will be organized by the Key Clubs at Tiftarea Academy and TCHS, and the Kiwanis Club of Tifton.  Businesses have been invited to show their support for the beneficiaries of the event, including Special Olympics, the Accelerated Reader program, the annual Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase for local students, scholarships for ABAC and Moultrie Tech students, the annual Kiwanis Fishing Rodeo for kids, Tift County Recreation Department teams, Patticake House, 4H, FFA and American Legion Girls and Boys.  

Shoup said the club decided to partner with the "Run and See Georgia organization" along with "Active.com" to help advertise and register for the race.  The event is a part of the Tifton Hometown Holidays Celebration.  The race starts and ends near the corner of 8th and Forrest Streets right across the railroad tracks from the visitor's side of Brodie Field at 8th Street Middle School, one mile east of I-75 at exit 63-B.  Late registration and on the day of the event is $25 for adults and $15 for children.  

For the 5K race there are cash prizes for the top male and female finisher overall and top male and female masters (over 40) finisher.  The top three male and female winners in age groups bundled in five-year increments will get to go the Christmas tree to select a gift/ prize donated by local businesses.  For the 1 mile event all participants will be eligible for door prizes via a drawing.  All children completing the 1 mile event will receive a medallion.  "All pre-registered participants will be guaranteed a long sleeve T-shirt," said Hal Henderson, club vice president.          

The race route is a 1-mile loop course through a portion of historic downtown Tifton.  Race participants are invited to come enjoy the annual Tifton Christmas parade and the annual Hometown Holidays Celebration which will begin at 5 p.m.  More information can be found at the Kiwanis Club of Tifton Facebook site, Active.com, or the Run and See Georgia website. You can also call or e-mail Shoup at 229-388-2142 and tlshoup,kk58@gmail.com, or Golden at  229-445-1531. The club meets at Shoney's each Thursday at noon.

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