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Downtown J-Town 5K raises money for City Youth Ministries

Downtown J-Town 5K run/walk to benefit City Youth Ministries invites homecoming visitors to race. (Source: City Youth Ministries) Downtown J-Town 5K run/walk to benefit City Youth Ministries invites homecoming visitors to race. (Source: City Youth Ministries)
Downtown J-Town 5K prepares for 8th annual event. (Source: City Youth/India Perkins) Downtown J-Town 5K prepares for 8th annual event. (Source: City Youth/India Perkins)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas State University's homecoming weekend is jam-packed with activities.

One of those includes Saturday’s 8th annual Downtown J-Town 5K run/walk in Jonesboro.

“I’ve been told that we have one of the prettiest courses to run,” said Denise Snider, executive director of City Youth Ministries. “We start at the City Youth building. We run all through the main streets of downtown, Cherry, Union. All of those really pretty streets that are just icons of the Jonesboro downtown area.”

Snider hopes that any A-State alumni in town for the weekend will participate.

“We are even hoping that some of the people coming in from the out-of-town football team from South Alabama will come and participate as well,” Snider said. “We are hoping that they will come and participate and that they will get to know Jonesboro first hand.”

The run/walk benefits the operations of City Youth Ministries. The program tries to instill character in young people. City Youth provides after-school and summer activities.

“We are so blessed,” Snider said. “We have so many awesome things going on. But, it takes a village. It takes everyone within the Jonesboro community to keep us moving and to keep us being able to serve all the children that we see daily.”

City Youth serves children in first through sixth grades on a daily basis. The organization also sees children in junior high and high school on Thursdays and Fridays.

“We pick the children up from school,” Snider said. “They come in and get a snack. We go right into some good, good rotations. A-State has come in and been just amazing partners with us. We finish with some really good rigorous activities with the children. We feed them dinner and then we take them home."

Families Inc. is sponsoring the run/walk. Check-in and race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Top finishers receive a $1,000 prize.

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