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Fun Facts about the Rise & Shine Race

Fun Facts about the Rise & Shine Race

Hattiesburg Clinic’s Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K has become known as a fun, family friendly event over the years, with a spirit of giving at the heart of its origins.

The race supports The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a Mississippi-based nonprofit that serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. All registration fees directly fund The Arc’s Rise & Shine Program, giving disabled adults opportunities to participate in recreational and social activities.

Although hundreds of people participate each year and numerous people from the community come out to support the cause, there are some things that many people may not know about the event. Here are a few things you may or may not know about the Rise & Shine Race:

  • The Rise & Shine Race started with one Hattiesburg Clinic employee. One of the clinic’s employees became familiar with The Arc through a close friend whose child is a member of the organization. The Arc provided great programs to students with developmental disabilities, but there were no full-time courses available to those students once they finished school. When the employee realized there was a need for an all-day adult program, a committee was organized through Hattiesburg Clinic for the first Rise & Shine Race in 2012 to raise money on behalf of The Arc.
  • The race inspired the name of The Arc’s adult program. The inaugural event attracted nearly 300 participants and raised approximately $6,000 for The Arc, which was ultimately used to start the organization’s first all-day adult program. The program, which has grown in reach and membership since, is called the Rise & Shine Program. Through this service, The Arc is able to offer social and recreational activities to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities they may not otherwise have received.
  • The 2017 race resulted in a major milestone. Following the 2017 race, more than $30,000 was donated to The Arc, surpassing the $100,000 mark for funds raised from the event since it began more than six years ago.
  • The half-marathon course is nationally certified. Years ago, Hattiesburg Clinic went through the necessary steps to have the race course certified on the national level. Therefore, the Rise & Shine Race can serve as a qualifier for other races.
  • The Rise & Shine Race is a community event. Since it began in 2012, the race has had more than 500 volunteers over the years lending a hand. These volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, including employees of Hattiesburg Clinic, students and faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi, local residents, and others. Without our volunteers, this event would not be what it is today.

Save the Date! 

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Hattiesburg Clinic

415 S. 28th Ave.

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Time: Half-Marathon, 7 a.m.

5K, 7:30 a.m.

Katie Townsend


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