In conjunction with an annual holiday celebration, the City of Statesboro will kick off the season of giving with a run to raise money for gifts to hospital patients.
Registration is now underway for the city’s first “Run in the ’Boro 5K,” hosted by the City of Statesboro and Georgia Municipal Association.
The event will take place in Downtown Statesboro, near City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.
According to Jeff Grant, the city’s director of human resources, all proceeds of the run will support the Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah, as part of the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, and the Georgia Cities Foundation.
The Mayors’ Motorcade provides gifts to patients at partner hospitals; the Georgia Cities Foundation assists cities in efforts to revitalize and enhance their respective downtowns.
“We are very excited. We are looking forward to it,” Grant said. “We are tying the event in with the downtown celebration, which already has the great music, the vendors and the annual chili cook-off.”
“It is good for the city” he said. “We didn’t just advertise this locally; we advertised it across the state. It will be good for tourism and for featuring Downtown Statesboro to everyone.”
Registration for the 5K — which can be walked or run — is $20 per person until Monday, and $25 per person thereafter. People can register online at www.statesboroga.gov/events/run-the-boro-5k, or by picking up a registration form at City Hall. Registration will not be allowed on race day.
The 3.1-mile route will begin at City Hall, loop north of the starting point, before following Savannah Avenue, East Jones Street and eventually, the Willie McTell Trail to the finish. Roads along the route will be closed to vehicles during the event.
Participants will enter the race in one of 14 age groups. An awards ceremony, emceed by WJCL’s Frank “The Big Guy” Sulkowski, will be held at 7 p.m. to recognize the fastest racers in each division and overall.
The race is expected to take about one hour.
For more information about the “Run in the ’Boro 5K, visit the City of Statesboro website or contact Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (912) 764-0683.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.