Jul 15, 2014 10:12 AM by KATC
The 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish are encouraging people to sign up early this year for their annual fun run and walk.
The event, a running and walking 5K, will celebrate its 17th anniversary on Aug. 30 at 8 a.m., the Saturday morning of the 79th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
The race begins at the corner of Front and Everett Streets, near Morgan City Hall in the historic district.
"We're holding an open call for runners and walkers to register right now to get a better handle on our event, whichm 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 is a non-profit community service organization comprised solely of black men who reside in Iberia and St. Mary parishes.
Robinson estimates that nearly $70,000 has been awarded in scholarships since the race's inception.
This year's first place male and female winners will each receive $250 in cash. Trophies and metals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each 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 on KBZE's website, www.kbze.com/2014.html.
Late Registration begins at 7a.m. in front of Morgan City Hall, located on the corner of First and Everett Streets.
Credit card registration is available by calling 985-312-2154.
For more information about the event, call Robinson at 985-255-9775.
For information on how you can become a sponsor of the race, please call Howard Castay, race assistant at 985-312-2154.
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