The following is a press release from Hattiesburg Clinic.
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K.
The event, Hattiesburg's only half-marathon, is set for Saturday, April 2, 2016. Both races will start and finish at Hattiesburg Clinic's main campus, 415 S. 28th Ave. The race activities will begin with the half-marathon at 7 a.m. and the 5K to follow at 7:15 a.m.
The Early Bird Registration fee for the half-marathon is $55 and the fee for the 5K is $30 through Feb. 1. After Feb. 1, the standard fee will be $65 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 5K. The late registration fee after March 20 is $75 for the half-marathon and $40 for the 5K. Registration will be available until the day before the race. The registration fee includes a digital photo of the participant taken during the race.
An official race T-shirt is guaranteed to participants who register by March 18. Participants can pick up race bags at this year's first Rise & Shine Expo on Friday, April 1, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The University of Southern Mississippi Payne Center. The expo, which is open to the public, will feature various health and wellness booths and will be the last opportunity for runners to register for the race.
"The Rise & Shine Half-Marathon and 5K is Hattiesburg Clinic's way of giving back to the community in a fun, but important, way," said Susan Yarrow, public relations manager and event director. "Proceeds from the event go to support the Rise & Shine Program at The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, which is a nonprofit committed to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The funds raised by this event help to provide recreational and social opportunities for these individuals, allowing them the chance at a wholesome quality of life. We are proud to be a part of this cause and we hope more people will join us this year."
In 2015, more than 600 runners participated in the event, which raised $25,000 for The Arc. The main event will feature live entertainment, food and merchandise vendors.
"As someone who has previously participated in this event, I can attest that this is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Whether you're looking for a way to showcase and exercise your athletic abilities or to simply check an item off your bucket list, this is a great opportunity. And, at the end of the day, you're supporting an amazing cause," said race director and Hattiesburg Clinic physical therapist, Kim Schramm.
This year, the race is held in conjunction with HUBFEST in downtown Hattiesburg,which will also be held April 2. HUBFEST, hosted by the Hattiesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is a community event with a variety of live musical attractions, arts and crafts booths and food vendors.
To register for the Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K, click here.