All proceeds from the race, which is now in its 10th year, will support Providence Medical Clinic, a faith-based ministry that provides medical services to those in need.
“It’s a great way to bring families together,” said Allison Jones, an organizer of the event. “There’s something for everybody of all ages, and people can learn more about Providence Medical Clinic and what it does for the community.”
Jones said the race began 10 years ago as a community outreach event through First Baptist Church. The event raised about $3,500, which the church donated to Providence Medical Clinic.
Since then, the event has been held each year as a fundraiser for the clinic, which provides free primary and preventative medical care to uninsured residents of Sullivan County and the greater Kingsport area.
“Through last year’s race, we were able to donate over $92,000 to the clinic,” Jones said. “This year, we should go over $100,000.”
The event will be held May 6 in downtown Kingsport, and both participants and spectators are welcome. The family fun begins at 4:30 p.m. with cornhole and other games, inflatables, face painting and food vendors.
A one-mile race will be held at 5:15 p.m., followed by the 5K at 6 p.m. Participants can run or walk in one or both races, Jones said, and awards will be given to the winners.
Participants can register by mail or online until the day of the event, Jones said. Online registration and printable registration forms can be accessed at fbcamazingrace5k.com.
Discounted registration rates will be offered through April 29, Jones said. The 5K is $20, the mile is $15 and both races are $30.
After April 29, the registration fee for each race will increase by $5.
Why you should participate
Though organizers are hoping for more than 500 runners this year, Jones said even one runner makes a measurable impact.
“I don’t think people realize how much it really does help,” Jones said. “One registration fee will supply medication for one person at the clinic for a month, and to me, that’s huge.”
For more information
The public is invited to learn more about Providence Medical Clinic at its open house, which will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Tours, refreshments and more information will be available. The clinic is located at 441 Clay St. in Kingsport.
For more information about the race, visit fbcamazingrace5k.com.