By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – The first Amanda Price 5k Run/Walk will be held Saturday, with the start and finish lines at New Albany Elementary School on Sam T. Barkley Drive.
The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with a ceremony, followed at 8 by a fun run and at 8:30 by the 5k.
The race honors the memory of the New Albany School District speech therapist and raises money for the Junior Auxiliary’s Scholarship Fund and for Survival Inc.
Price died Dec. 5 after an apparent robber shot her at her home. Her husband, Ron, New Albany High School’s head football coach, was wounded in the attack.
The idea of a race in Amanda’s memory sprang from her own recent devotion to the discipline.
“She started running last February,” Ron Price said. “When she started doing something, she committed to it and did it right.”
Amanda has been described by many people since her death as dedicated to her faith and ultimately concerned about other people.
Both the scholarships and the support for Survival Inc., a north Mississippi organization helping victims of violent crime, seemed to fit her legacy.
“Our thought process was that maybe we could get 300 to 500 people to run, and they called about three weeks ago and said we’re going to have to cap it at 1,500,” Ron Price said. “This doesn’t surprise me at all; whenever she did something, it was something big. … It’s been gratifying to see so many people willing to participate.”
Kevin Smithey, one of the organizers, said if lightning or high winds threaten at start time, competition will be delayed but not canceled.
Because parking at the school is limited, participants may also park at Kevin Charles and Hillcraft Furniture factories or at the Union County Fairgrounds and ride on shuttles provided to the start line.
For more information, visit www.racesonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=public.race_detail&race_id=12943.