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Ripley launching series of race fundraisers

RIPLEY — To continue its efforts to provide support to local businesses, community members and other organizations, Main Street Ripley is starting a Four Seasons Race Series.

Three 5K races and a two-mile run will take place throughout the year.

Main Street Ripley board members came up with the idea due to the success from the race that takes place on the 4th of July.

“They realized it had been successful so they thought maybe they could branch out and do a little bit more with it,” Anthony Guthrie from Main Street Ripley said.

Each race takes place during one of the seasons and is sponsored by neighboring businesses. For each race, Main Street Ripley is partnering with another nonprofit organization.

Not only do they take place during the different seasons, they take place on holidays to provide an activity to the community. The first race will be March 7 just in time to change the clocks. Because of that, the event is called the “Springing it Forward 5K.”

The summer race will take place on July 4, called the “Firecracker 2 Mile Run;” runners dressed as superheroes will run the streets during the “Freakeeee 5K” on Oct. 31 and Jan. 1 will debut the “Hair of the Dog 5K.”

The City of Ripley is the sponsor for the first “Springing it Forward 5K.” For the 4th of July “Firecracker 2 Mile Run,” Highmark is the sponsor. For the Halloween and New Year’s Day races, sponsors are still needed. Different tiers of sponsorship are available.

A discount is available for registering for the races ahead of time; for an individual race, the cost is $20 and all four races are $60. On the day of the race, the cost is $25.

Registration can be found on the website mainstreetripley.org.

Proceeds from the races will go toward maintaining the Alpine Theatre, developing the Mill Creek Water Trail as a way to bring tourists to the area and to continue to develop the Jackson County Volunteer Center.

“What we want to do with Main Street is make it full of vitality and opportunity for our citizens in Jackson County to have a place to come and enjoy each other,” Martha Humphrey, Main Street Ripley board president, said.

The four seasons races are going to be the first of many for years to come. It is hoped that in the coming years, hundreds of people will participate, Humphrey said.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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