2017 Rise and Shine race biggest to date

2017 Rise and Shine race biggest to date

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - 713 runners raced Saturday morning in Hattiesburg Clinic's 6th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon and 5K, making it the largest race to date.

The run benefits The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a non-profit organization that serves South Mississippi residents with developmental challenges.

"100 percent of the race registrations will go to the arc for their Rise and Shine program, which is for their adults, and it gives them a better quality of life," said Susan Yarrow, public relations manager for Hattiesburg Clinic. "They get to go out, interact with their peers and just have fun."

The Arc's Rise and Shine Program allows adults with disabilities the chance to take part in recreational, social and community centric activities. Proceeds from this year's event are expected to surpass $30,000.

"We are happy to say we had more race participants this year than ever before, which means we will be able to increase our donation to The Arc this year. As always, this would not have been possible without our sponsors and volunteers," Yarrow said. "We cannot thank our sponsors, the community and all of our volunteers enough for making this year's event so successful."

Hattiesburg Clinic employees, as well as members and supporters of The Arc, attended the event to help facilitate the race and cheer on participants. Both the half-marathon and 5K started at Hattiesburg Clinic's main clinic on South 28th Avenue and continued through the south side of Hattiesburg, with the half-marathon stretching across Hardy Street to The University of Southern Mississippi campus and circling back to Hattiesburg Clinic.