“We do it in conjunction with all the events going on at the Booth Museum, and it’s a great opportunity for all those folks who are coming in for their busy weekend to get exposed to the shelter and hear about what we do,” said Jessica Mitcham, executive director of the shelter. “The race route runs from the Booth parking lot all the way back to the shelter — the water fountain, actually, in the front yard of the shelter — [and they will] see where it’s located. So it helps us get the word out as well.”
Registration is ongoing, and those interested may get a registration form on the shelter’s website, www.goodneighborshelter.org. The cost to register is $25, and those who register early will be given a free T-shirt. Same-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and also cost $25. T-shirts will be given out on an available basis that morning. The 5K will start in the parking lot between Tabernacle Baptist Church and the Booth Western Art Museum.
Mitcham said she hoped the event will see a larger amount of runners this year.
“We’ve grown the race. Last year we had just a few of our hundred runners, so we’re hoping to have 200 runners this year is our goal,” she said.
In addition to the 5K, a fun walk will be offered as well for participants.
“I think it’s a fun event for our runners and walkers. We have a fun walk as part of it. There’s a 1-mile walk,” Mitcham said. “Last year we had several families come out and participate in that. We had a couple of business sponsors and other individuals bring dogs to walk in that part of the event as well, and so that is a fun time. It’s a good time of year to be outside and walking and running. The weather’s been really nice the last couple of years for the race.”
For more information, contact the 5K’s chairperson, Grady Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shelter at 770-607-0610.