2017 PRESS RELEASE
RUN OR WALK TO SUPPORT LOCAL AND GLOBAL EFFORTS AT THE 8TH ANNUAL MCKENZIE’S RUN
A MORNING OF FITNESS AND FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
November 1, 2017 – Jacksonville, FL – The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation is excited to announce that its annual 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run will take place on November 18 at EverBank Field.
This year’s Run will finish inside EverBank Field and participants will get the unique opportunity to see themselves cross the finish line on the massive video boards. The one-mile fun run begins at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K at 10:00 a.m.
“Whether you’re a beginner or advanced level runner or walker, the McKenzie’s Run course is one of a kind and designed for all levels,” said Doug Alred, owner and founder of 1st Place Sports. “Above all, the race provides an excellent opportunity for participants to get active and challenge themselves while supporting a special local cause.”
The Foundation has created a new tradition by selecting a young person who embodies its mission, helping young people recognize their full potential, to serve as McKenzie’s Run Captain. Singer, Songwriter, and Jacksonville native, Rion Paige, will lead the start of this year’s Run.
Immediately following McKenzie’s Run there will be a celebration including live music, face painting, games, food trucks, refreshments, and autographs with Jaxson de Ville and the ROAR Cheerleaders.
“We are thrilled to host our 8th Annual McKenzie’s Run at EverBank Field to benefit the Foundation and help young people recognize their full potential,” said Adrian Gibbs, Director of The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation. “This year’s Run promises to be another tremendous success thanks to our community that rallies around us and shows support. We are excited to welcome back our seasoned participants and introduce new runners and walkers to this special event.”
Participants can run or walk in this family-friendly event. By signing up with a team of three or more people, the cost of registration is only $15 per person. Runners, walkers, and sideline supporters can register for the event and learn more at mckenziesrun.org.
Far more than a Run, this annual all-ages event benefits The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to discover their purpose in an increasingly complex and challenging world. Locally, the Foundation created McKenzie’s Academic Resource Centers (MARCs) to empower youth through education and build a bridge between the classroom and the community. Globally, the Foundation built three homes at the Okoa Refuge Orphanage in Uganda, Africa, and in partnership with Okoa Refuge, provides medical care, food, shelter, education, and love to over 150 girls, boys, and infants. As of today, the Foundation has invested over $4 Million to help young people reach their full potential through our local and global initiatives.
The 2017 McKenzie’s Run is sponsored by EverBank, TIAA, The Jaguars Foundation, The Players Championship, Jacksonville Moms Blog, and Action News Jax.
ABOUT THE MCKENZIE NOELLE WILSON FOUNDATION
The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in memory of McKenzie Wilson, who passed away in 2010. The Foundation is dedicated to helping young people find their purpose in an increasingly complex and challenging world. Its mission is to help young people recognize their full potential by providing programs that encourage caring for others, giving to those-in-need, and growing in their own spirituality. For more information about the Foundation or how you can help, visit www.caregivegrow.org.
ABOUT 1ST PLACE SPORTS
1st Place sports is Jacksonville’s running headquarters and one of the top running stores in the country. The company has more than 30 years of experience in fitting running shoes and has the best selection of shoes, apparel and accessories. 1st Place Sports has six locations that offer the five-step fit process, which includes a foot pressure and treadmill analysis. All employees are experienced runners and well-trained to guide customers through the fitting process. In addition to retail stores, 1st Place Sports produces quality running events, such as the annual Winter Beach Run and the Gate River Run. The races they produce range from 200 to 18,000 participants and help raise over a quarter of a million dollars for charity each year. For more information, visit www.1stplacesports.com.