Downtown to host River City Run

Published 12:01 am Thursday, April 18, 2013

NATCHEZ — Walkers and runners will take a tour of Downtown Natchez Saturday morning to help raise awareness of healthy living in children in the annual Junior Auxiliary River City Run for the Kids.

The event will feature a 5K walk, 10K run and 1-mile fun run, and the cost is $30 for adults participating in the 5K walk and 10K run, and $2 for children participating in the fun run. Though it’s been a fundraiser in the past, Natchez Junior Auxiliary President Tiffiany Kyzar said this year’s event will simply serve as a service project to promote healthy living for Miss-Lou children.

“We’re a children’s organization, so we do anything to promote the well-being of children,” she said.

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Online registration for the event at ends today, but pre-registration takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning in front of Bowie’s Tavern. The 10K run and 5K walk begin at 8:30 and 8:31 a.m., respectively, and the fun run will start at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Registration costs are only projected to cover the cost of putting on the event, which includes T-shirts for all participants and medals for the children who complete the fun run. Kyzar said people who register online are guaranteed a T-shirt, but those who pre-register Saturday aren’t.

The adults will begin their route at Bowie’s on Broadway, turn left on State Street and go up to Martin Luther King Street. From there, they will turn right, then turn left at Homochitto Street.

The 5K participants will then take a left on Arlington Avenue, take a right on John A. Quitman Parkway, then go to Monmouth Plantation, take a U-turn and head back down John A. Quitman Parkway and Main Street before returning to Bowie’s.

The 10K participants will go down Homochitto Street and turn left on Duncan Avenue, then take another left when they reach Duncan Park. From there they’ll travel down John A. Quitman Parkway, turn right at Melrose Avenue and go all the way to United Mississippi Bank before making a U-turn. They’ll then travel back to John A. Quitman Parkway and Main Street before arriving back at Bowie’s.

The fun run will take place on a designated course blocked off in the downtown area.

Kyzar said the course is a big attraction that keeps participants coming back every year.

“Downtown is so pretty, especially in the spring,” she said. “I also think we do a pretty good job putting it on.”

And the weather calls for sunny skies the day of the event, Kyzar said.

“It’s going to be beautiful and 72 degrees, so come downtown,” Kyzar said. “There’s going to be a lot going on.”

After the fun run, Junior Auxiliary will host a shrimp boil fundraiser.