100 Black Men race set
By HOWARD J. CASTAY JR.
Doing its part to keep Morgan City’s biggest party growing, the 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish are busy teasing and enticing runners and walkers who sign up early this year for their annual fun run and walk.
The event, a 5K, will be held the Saturday morning (Sept. 1) of the 77th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival at 8 a.m. in downtown Morgan City. The starting line will be the corner of Front and Everett streets near City Hall.
Also, the non-profit community service organization, comprised solely of African-American men, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.
“We’re holding an open call for runners and walkers to register right now to get a better handle on our event, which thank God, just keeps growing and growing,” said Clarence Robinson Jr., president of the organization.
Proceeds from the 5K are used to award scholarships to one graduating senior from the following St. Mary Parish high schools — West St. Mary, Franklin, Centerville, Patterson, Berwick and Morgan City.
Running and walking for scholarships amid Morgan City’s biggest party, it is estimated that nearly $70,000 has been awarded in scholarships since the first pair of tennis shoes left the starting line.
This year’s first place male and female winner will each receive $250 in cash. Trophies and medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 13 and under, 14-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54 and 55 and over.
Runners and walkers can download an application at www.kbze.com/2012.html, the website of KBZE 105.9FM, the host radio station for the event. There, those interested in the race can find video from last year’s overall male and female winners, as well as a news story on the race’s namesake, Marcus Jones.
Late registration begins at 7 a.m. in front of City Hall, at First and Everett streets.
Also, credit card registration is available by calling 985-312-2154.
For more information about the event, call Robinson at 985-255-9775.
For more information on the 100 Black Men of St. Mary, including an application to join the organization, visit www.100blackmenstmary.org.