By Joseph Hamrick
Coming up with the slogan “Catch the Dream”, Judy Evans, director of the Hunt County Head Start, said she hopes the first annual 5K “Run Against Racism” event will help people see a different face of Greenville.
“Change rarely comes all at once,” she said. “I believe in my heart that this will become bigger and bigger, until we [Greenville] are known for this.”
Many organizations and and causes host 5K’s to bring awareness to illnesses such as breast cancer and heart disease. Runners participate to help find a cure but also run to honor the lives that have been lost.
According to Evans, this run is for the cause of anti-racism.
“We run for the cause of anti-rasism; to celebrate its victories and to honor those who have fought the good fight,” she said.
Dan Perkins, a board member for the Corporation for Cultural Diversity of Greenville (CCD), said he thinks this will also help to change people’s perceptions who live outside Greenville.
“We want to bring people together and support this event,” he said. “This will help people get a better understanding of Greenville and who we are.”
Evans said she is glad that people’s perceptions about Greenville are beginning to change.
“I’m proud to live in Greenville,” she said. “ Change has come and more change will come. I believe Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased as this community comes together to run for this dream.”
The 5K will be held on Jan. 19 at 8 a.m. in the market square on the corner of Lee Bois D Ark streets. The registration fee is $25 and will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
L-3 Mission Integration is the title sponsor for the event, with American National Bank, Alliance Bank and GEUS as general sponsores.