By JB Clark
TUPELO – More than 70 runners braved wind and rain Saturday morning, some in high heels, to participate in the Run in Her Shoes 5k and fun run.
The race was a part of the Tupelo Women’s Club’s Giving Gala, which benefited Regional Rehab, Down on Main concert series and Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
Rachel Ethridge, run organizer, said the rain definitely put a damper on the event but she was pleasantly surprised with the number of people who still came out to support the Women’s Club and their charities.
“We really did – for this being the first time and the rain, I think – have a good turnout,” she said. “It was a really good race and wev’e had a lot of fun.”
After the race, five men donned high heels and raced around Fairpark.
Bobby Geno, who won the high heel run in a suit jacket, bow tie, shorts and zip-up, along with gray felt heels, said Ethridge wouldn’t let him say no.
“She’s a friend I just can’t say no to,” he said. “And it’s for such a good cause.”
Despite his proficiency in stiletto sprinting, Geno said it was his first time to do so.
Adam Morris, who finished the 5k race first and the high heel sprint next-to-last, sported a tutu and bright red platform heels said he also wanted to go all out for the three benefiting organizations.
“It’s three great causes,” he said. “And, it’s completely worth it to me if we can make one or two people smile.”
Ethridge said she was glad the guys put on the heels for a good cause.
“It was inspiring they did it for such good causes but it was also fun because I run in heels all the time and I’m glad they got to feel my pain.”
The Women’s Club also held its gala Saturday night, a Mardi Gras-themed cocktail party and silent auction.