Westminster Presbyterian holds race to benefit restoration efforts

This is a news release from Westminster Presbyterian Church

Hattiesburg –On Saturday, February 15, members of the Diaconate at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) will host the Restoration 5K Run & 1-mile Fun Run to benefit Westminster Presbyterian Church's restoration/rebuilding efforts resulting from the F4 tornado which struck Hattiesburg on February 10, 2013.

The race will begin and end at Westminster Presbyterian Church (115 North 25thAvenue) with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and one-mile fun run beginning upon completion of the 5K. Registration and bag pick-up will begin at 7 a.m.

Participants will enjoy a digitally timed race, ascenic route throughout the avenues, post-race refreshments, and awards for top runners.

All funds raised from the race will be donated to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Restoration Campaign. To make a donation to the fund, contributions can be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church with restoration campaign written in the memo. Donations are a tax-deductible, charitable contribution.

Community members interested in registering to run or volunteering to help on race day can access more information at: www.facebook.com/restoration5k.

The cost for the 5K is $20. Prices will only go up for race-day registration($25). To guarantee a t-shirt, participants must register before Friday, February 7.

"This 5k and Fun Run is an easy way to multiply Joy!" said Pastor Steve Ramp."The tornado crushed our buildings, but it could not destroy God's plans. The Fun Run marks a one-year turning point. With strong community support, we should be back 'home' next year. Then we can run to raise funds for others who need help.  I'd love to see this become a tradition for the Pine Belt."

Restoration 5K committee members include: Wes Brooks, Ginny Graham, and Chris Maul of the Diaconate at Westminster Presbyterian Church