Runners welcome at 12th annual Help for Hope 5K
By Mesha Crump
Hope House will host its 12th annual Help for Hope 5K presented by Comcast on Friday, March 25. The race will start at Greenbelt Park located in Harbor Town beginning at 6:30pm. Now in its 12th year, the Help for Hope 5K aims to mobilize community support in an effort to further its mission to improve the quality of life of HIV-impacted children and their families. Caitlin Steiger founded the race. At age 15, Caitlin organized the corporate community to raise more than $25,000 for Hope House in the race’s first year. This year more than 700 runners and walkers are expected to support the event.
Registration begins at 5:15pm with the inaugural all-ages Fun Run beginning at 6pm and the 5K starting at 6:30pm. The racecourse takes participants through the Harbor Town neighborhood, finishing at the river in Greenbelt Park. Immediately following the race will be an after party in the parking lot of Maria Montessori School to include food, beverages, and an awards ceremony.
Pre-registration for the 5K is available until March 24 at $20 per person, and race day registration is $25 per person. Memphis Runner’s Track Club members and groups of 10 or more will receive a $3 discount on entries. Fun Run pre-registration is available until March 24 at $12 per person and race day registration is $15 per person. Each participant will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, food and drinks, and will enjoy musical entertainment during the race. Packet pick-up and early registration will take place at Fleet Feet Sports located at 4530 Poplar Ave, Suite 102 on Saturday, March 19 from 2-4pm, and Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24 from 5-7pm.
Hope House is a not-for-profit organization that addresses the educational, social, psychological, and health needs of HIV-impacted children and their families in an effort to improve their quality of life. A comprehensive social services organization, Hope House is one of seven organizations of its kind in the world and exists to assist in the prevention and containment of the disease through community outreach and donor support. Hope House offers programs and services such as housing assistance, mentoring, and early childhood development/daycare. For more information about Hope House, Help for Hope 5K, and registration please visit hopehousememphis.org.