Nightcrawler 5K race benefits Women First

news_inthenews_greenBy Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Runners and walkers will be the light in the dark Friday for the Women First Resource Center.

For the third year in a row, the Tupelo Running Club will hold Nightcrawler 5K at Ballard Park to benefit the Tupelo-based resource center created to support breast cancer survivors and others in their time of need. The race begins at 8 p.m. Friday, and many runners and walkers dress for the occasion.

“The kids love the glow-in-the-dark things,” said Gail Branner, who volunteers with the Tupelo Running Club and the Women First Resource Center.

The funds raised through the race – about $7,000 the past two years – help supplement the efforts of the non-profit, all-volunteer resource center, said Branner, who is a breast cancer survivor.

“It’s a very frightening thing for people going through it,” Branner said.

Branner felt the love of her family and friends during her treatment, but she found understanding among the breast cancer survivors at Women First.

“All of a sudden, you’re not alone,” Branner said.

The center offers space for support groups, makes wigs, scarves and caps available to those going through chemotherapy, hosts a casserole ministry and provides snacks and support to cancer patients.

Online registration, which is $25, is available at

Race night registration will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who preregister.