Rickman-Brown 5K Memorial Run/Walk Saturday

Thursday, October 27, 2016
The start of the 2015 Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K, which was obviously a color run. This year's event will feature Halloween costumes.(TD file photo)

Pre-registration continues for the upcoming 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.

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.

"If you choose not to dress in a Halloween costume you can wear a specific color in support of Alzheimer's awareness," local organizer Karen 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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