Registration Underway for Rickman/Brown 5K

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Awash in yellow, participants in the 2014 Rickman/Brown Memorial Run leave the starting line on South Taylor Avenue to begin the five kilometer course.(file photo)

Registration is currently underway for the upcoming Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K, set for Saturday, Oct. 3, in Piggott. The fundraiser is held each fall, sponsored by the South Thornton Street Church of Christ and the Mohawk Basketball Boosters. The run/walk held in memory of two former Piggott students who lost gallant battles with cancer, Matthew Brown and Erica Rickman.

The fee is $10 for runners and walkers, $5 for children and students, $20 for those not wanting to run or walk and donations are also accepted. Once again this year the event will be a "color run" and proceeds will benefit ArKids Academy for Autism Awareness.

ArKids Academy is a school designed for Arkansas students to help facilitate a special learning environment for those whose education needs cannot be adequately served in the public school setting. Currently there are 26 students in the academy, which is located in Jonesboro. Of the 26 students, about 20 of the children have Autism.

"Presently Autism affects about one of out every 68 children, and research shows that early interventions create better long-term results," noted local organizer Karen Coomer. "Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, includes a wide range of functional levels but has common characteristics with social and emotional, language, behavioral and physical challenges."

She indicated it is the faster growing developmental diagnosis in America.

"This year the proceeds from the Rickman/Brown Memorial Run will be given to the ArKids Academy specifically to help build a sensory room for the students to help further their education needs," Coomer added.

Earlier events served to benefit other charities and efforts, with last year's run honoring PES student Dayton Gilkison. The year before the fight against juvenile diabetes benefitted from the event.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, behind the South Thornton Street Church of Christ on South Taylor Avenue. The run is set to begin at 10, and the route will once-again wind through the streets of Piggott and back to the church.

"Remember, this is once again a color run," Coomer added. "So, please wear a white t-shirt--but, if you choose not to participate in getting colored along the way just wear a dark-colored shirt."

Those wanting additional information about the event, or the ArKids Academy, may contact Coomer at 870 598-4392, Jeremy Pierce at 870 324-1575 or the church office at 870 598-3250.

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