Rouxdolph Roll race returns to Natchez this weekend

Published 2:25 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2023

NATCHEZ – Rouxdolph is rolling back into town this weekend, and he wants you to join the fun.

Wardo’s Poboys is hosting the second annual Rouxdolph Roll run on Saturday, Dec. 9, with the goal of expanding scholarship offerings to students throughout Adams County and Concordia Parish this year.

“It went really well last year,” said Tom Graning, an owner of Wardo’s Poboys. “We’re looking forward to this year.”

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Graning and his siblings and co-owners hosted the first Rouxdolph Roll race in 2022 with the goal of helping fund the Ward Graning Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cathedral School. The scholarship and the restaurant are named in honor of Ward Graning, who passed away in June 2019. An exceptional athlete and well-known and well-respected member of the community, Ward Graning’s character and sportsmanship are the benchmarks for the scholarship fund.

“And this year, we’re looking to expand the scholarship fund to include students from Adams County Christian School, Natchez High School and Concordia Parish, as well as Cathedral School,” Graning said. “The race helps us fund the scholarships, which are $1,000 each.”

Thanks to the addition of sponsors this year, organizers are able to keep entry fees low – $35 for the 10K; $30 for the 5K; and $10 for the 1-mile fun run – while helping fund the scholarships.

The race drew nearly 150 participants last year and Graning said registration is well underway for this year.

“We probably have 120 people registered so far; last year at this time, we had about 40,” he said.

Registration continues through race day. The run starts at 8 a.m. at 309 N. Broadway St.

“We’ll start and end at Wardo’s,” Graning said. “We hope people will dress up, come out and have a good time.”

The restaurant will offer breakfast foods and cocktails, and plans include a day of music and fun at Wardo’s.

“You can walk; you can run; you can stroll your kids or walk your dog,” Graning said. “Just come out and have fun.”

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