Marcus Jones/100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish race set for Aug. 30
Kevin Castille participates in the 2013 Marcus Jones/100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish 5K Fun Run/Walk in downtown Morgan City. (The Daily Review/File Photo)
The Marcus Jones/100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish 17th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Aug. 30 during the 79th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
The race, in its 17th year, will be held beginning at 8 a.m. The start line will be at Front and Everett streets, near City Hall in Morgan City’s historic district.
Runners and walkers can download an application at www.kbze.com/2014.html, the website of KBZE 105.9FM, the host radio station for the event. There, you also will find video and a news story on the race’s namesake, Marcus Jones.
Late registration begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 30 in front of City Hall.
“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 each St. Mary Parish High School — West St. Mary, Franklin, Centerville, Patterson, Berwick and Morgan City.
The 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish is a non-profit community service organization comprised solely of African-American men who reside in Iberia and St. Mary parishes.
Robinson 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. 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.
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 Parish, including an application to join the organization, visit www.100blackmenstmary.org.
For information on how you can become a race sponsor, call race assistant Howard Castay at 985-312-2154.