Hundreds of Runners Attend Clinic’s Rise & Shine Race, Despite Rain
Hundreds of runners braved the rain to take part in Hattiesburg Clinic’s 7th Annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon & 5K, held Saturday at the clinic’s main campus.
Proceeds from the race benefit The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a local non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities.
“Seven-hundred people registered for the race,” said Susan Yarrow, public relations manager for Hattiesburg Clinic. “Considering the weather, we are very pleased with the turnout for this year’s event. We are glad so many people didn’t mind getting a little wet for a good cause.”
Volunteers from Hattiesburg Clinic and the community worked the event and cheered for participants along the course. Runners started at Hattiesburg Clinic’s main campus on South 28th Avenue and continued through nearby neighborhoods.
The half-marathon route stretched beyond residential neighborhoods and across Hardy Street to The University of Southern Mississippi campus. The runners finished back at the clinic, where each one was greeted with a piece of pottery that was handcrafted by members of The Arc. Awards were also distributed to runners who placed.