By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Before his unexpected death in December, Hank Boerner loved exercise, parties and Tupelo.
In his honor, the city will hold a healthy celebration at Ballard Park this month that includes a 4-mile run, an obstacle course, live music and a costume contest.
Organizers of “Boerner Be Wild Day” gathered at the park Friday to announce details of the event planned for April 27, presented by the Healthy Tupelo Task Force, a committee co-chaired by Boerner, 57. He died from severe septic shock.
While employed as director of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Wellness Center, Boerner worked throughout the community to improve people’s lives. He stayed involved through participating in many organizations, from the Boy Scouts to the United Way.
Standing with city leaders and other organizers of the event recognizing Boerner’s active and encouraging spirit, his widow, Helen Boerner, said he enjoyed having a good time.
“As long as people are having fun, he’d be there,” she said.
While people of all ages can register for the 3/4-mile obstacle course on the day of the event, runners should register in advance for the 4-mile run at www.racesonline.com, said Mike Lail of the Tupelo Running Club.
Other activities will include dedication of the Tupelo Skate Park to be named after Hank and Helen Boerner, a “Can’t Carry a Tune” karaoke contest and food venders.
For more information, contact Tupelo Parks and Recreation at (662) 841-6440.