Annual Rickman/Brown 5K is Set

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Walkers, some wearing the distinctive green of the color run, set-out during last year's Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K in Piggott. This year's event will be a Halloween costume run.(TD file photo)

Pre-registration is now underway for the 2016 edition of the Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K, set for Saturday, Oct. 29, in Piggott. Registration will get underway at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, with the run/walk set to begin at 10. Participants will be gathering behind the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, on South Taylor Avenue.

The fundraiser is held each fall, sponsored by the South Thornton Street Church of Christ and the Mohawk Basketball Boosters along with the PHS chapters of FBLA, ALE and Beta Club. The Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K is held in memory of two former Piggott students who lost gallant battles with cancer, Matthew Brown and Erica Rickman.

Each year the effort is dedicated to a specific cause, and for 2016 the event is designed to promote awareness and raise money for the fight against Alzheimer's disease. In another major change, the past two years the event was held as a "color run" and this year organizers report the fundraiser will be a Halloween costume run.

"Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness, and funds, for care, support and research," event organizer Karen Coomer said of this year's effort. "This event calls on participants of all ages, and abilities, to help reclaim the future for millions. When you participate in the walk your fundraising dollars will fuel the mission, and your participation helps to change the level of Alzheimer's awareness in our community."

The entry fee is $10 for runner and walkers, $5 for children and students and $20 for those who choose not to run or walk. Donations are also accepted, and appreciated. Lunch will be provided for the participants.

All proceeds from this year's run/walk will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis, Mo., chapter.

"Every dollar raised will benefit those affected by the disease in our community," Coomer added. "The association provides care and support to all of those facing Alzheimer's and drives research toward treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure."

Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume, and be creative and original, as each will be judged and prizes awarded. But, organizers have also developed an alternative.

"If you choose not to dress in a Halloween costume you can wear a specific color in support of Alzheimer's awareness," Coomer offered. "Wear purple if you have lost someone you love to the disease, wear blue if you are currently suffering from the disease, wear yellow if you are caring for someone suffering from the disease or wear orange to support the cause and vision of a world free of Alzheimer's."

Those wanting to register, or obtain additional information about the effort, 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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