Third Annual Gov. Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health Set for Saturday

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 6/18 3:54 pm
Runners are gearing up for the third annual Governor Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health, set for this Saturday, June 21st. Proceeds will benefit Batson Children’s Heart Center. Event sponsors include Jackson Heart, Humana, Farm Bureau Insurance, Coca-Cola, SuperTalk Mississippi, and Stinky Feet.

“This is our third run benefiting Blair E. Batson and our first to benefit the Pediatric Heart Center. Mississippians love to help and now they are getting healthy doing it,” Gov. Bryant said. “Deborah and I are not only doing this to raise money to help raise awareness for heart defects and diseases in children but also in memory of John Pearson Clay, a child who touched many lives. Registration is still open, and we encourage families, individuals and teams to come join us for a fun, healthy morning.”

“At Children’s of Mississippi and Batson Children’s Hospital our mission is to improve the health of every child in Mississippi and we thank the Governor and all participants for being partners in this important endeavor,” said Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “The Children’s Heart Center is such an important part of our organization and a real center of excellence for all children with congenital heart defects. Our lives are all touched by children like John Pearson Clay and their families every day.” Pre-race festivities begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday in front of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion at 300 East Capitol St. in Jackson. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by a half-mile Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for individuals or $10 per person for teams of 10 or more. Online registration is open until 10 p.m. on June 18 at www.governorbryant.com/5k/.

Participants may also register in person from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday June 19th and Friday June 20th in the Red Room of the Mississippi Coliseum at 1207 Mississippi St. in Jackson. The Red Room is located near the Coliseum ticket office. Directional signs will be posted to guide registrants. Day-of registration will be open at the Red Room from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Saturday. Runners who have already registered may pick up their registration packets at the Coliseum Red Room during these same hours.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health Schedule:

-Wednesday, June 18th
Online registration is available at www.governorbryant.com/5k/ until 10 p.m.

-Thursday, June 19th
In-person registration and packet pickup from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Red Room in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson

-Friday, June 20th
In-person registration and packet pickup from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Red Room in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson

Race Day: Saturday, June 21st
6 a.m. – 7a.m.: Registration and packet pickup at the Red Room in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson
7:00 a.m.: Event begins at Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, 300 East Capitol Street, Jackson
7:30 a.m.: Prayer by Master Sergeant Jimmy Dale Thomas
7:35 a.m.: Governor Bryant welcomes runners
7:45 a.m.: Presentation of check to Batson Pediatric Heart Center/Dr. Salazar, Dr. Taylor, Selena Lockwood and Parents of John Pearson Clay
7:50 a.m.: Participants line up.
8:00 a.m.: Gun fires to begin run
9:30 a.m.: Kid’s Fun Run (0.5 mile)
10:00 a.m.: Presentation of awards:
*Overall Male and Female (5K)
*Youngest Male and Female (5K)
*Eldest Male and Female (5K)
*Largest Team Award (5K)
*Overall Male and Female (ages 12 and under)

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