By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Runners and walkers will add glow to the fight against cancer on Friday night.
The Nightcrawler 5k, complete with glow-in-the-dark shirts, will start at 8 p.m. and finish with a post-race party at the Ballard Park cross country trails.
“We’re expecting more than 300,” said Mike Lail, who serves as the race director for the Tupelo Running Club-organized event.
The proceeds from the race will be split between the Women First Resource Center and Lids for Lisa. The Women First Resource Center, founded by breast cancer survivors, hosts support groups and shares resources for cancer patients such as wigs.
The Lids for Lisa created hand-knitted caps and scarves for cancer survivors. The project, developed by Tupelo High graduate Tyler Nash, honors Lisa Russell, a cancer survivor and a longtime Park and Rec office manager who recently retired.
The race is the third in the four-race series hosted through Tupelo Parks and Recreation.
“We’re excited the way this series is working out,” said Don Lewis, park and recreation director. “We’re already gearing up for Octoberfest,” the final run in the series.
Racers who compete in all four 5ks are in the running for $500 prizes that will be awarded to the top male and top female runners overall, Lail said.