Red Ribbon Run/Walk to be held Oct. 12

The 24th Annual Red Ribbon Walk/Run, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Correction, is set for Saturday, Oct. 12. Proceeds from the 5K run will allow scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors.

The 2013 scholarship winners were Jolia Steward, graduate of Pine Bluff High School; Robyn Gregory and Courtney Rogers, both graduates of White Hall High School; Whitney Aitkens, graduate of Westside High School, and Samantha Dunavion, graduate of Tuckerman High School.

The entry fee for the Red Ribbon Run is $20 on the day of the race, but runners and walkers may preregister for the event for $15. Preregistration is now open and will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 9. Participants who sign up early are guaranteed to receive an official Red Ribbon T-shirt designed for this year’s race.

The Walk/Run will begin and end near the Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A pistol shot start will be at 8 a.m., so racers are encouraged to arrive early. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in 12 age divisions.

“Since this race is all about benefiting our community, we really hope everyone in Jefferson County will be there on race day,” ADC Director Ray Hobbs said. “It doesn’t matter whether you run, walk, or hop through the race. It’s all about showing people that we care and that we support their efforts to be drug-free.”

Hobbs said free refreshments will be served before and during the race and there will be a drawing for door prizes. Music will be provided by the Cummins Prison Band. For applications visit JRMC Wellness Center in Pine Bluff or JRMC Health Complex in White Hall, or contact Shirley Lowe at 870-267-6215 or Linda Williams at 870-267-6303.