HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than 500 runners gathered on a cool and windy Saturday morning in Hattiesburg to raise money for an organization which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They participated in the 3rd annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon and 5K.
Both events began and ended at Hattiesburg Clinic on S. 28th Ave.
Proceeds benefitted The Arc and it's "Rise & Shine" program, which teaches valuable life skills to adults.
Cash prizes were also awarded to first, second and third place finishers in the half-marathon.
For the first time, the event was certified by USA Track & Field.
Organizers hoped to raise more than the $15,000 raised at last year's event.