Are you CY’s best party thrower?

By April Boleware
Attention! Attention! Calling all block captains, party throwers, and party goers – it is time to start preparing for the 20th running of the Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4 Miler. That means it is also time to start planning your Neighbors Light the Way parties! Every year neighbors compete for the honor of having their celebration declared the best race party of the year. Judges travel around, check out all of the competitors, and name the best of the best. As the runners go by, you can cheer them on, offer them water, or even have them run through a sprinkler to cool off. We want our runners to see how much we appreciate their support of our neighborhood!

Check out the race map (page 13) so you can see where the runners will be going by. Pull together your neighbors and friends along the route, come up with a theme, and let the party begin. And for those who want to be involved but may be new to the neighborhood or looking to meet new people, head to the CY Festival 4 Miler Facebook page, post your interest on the wall, or connect with others who have posted and want to partner up for a party.

The prizes, along with bragging rights, are something our party throwing residents look forward to competing for all year long! The 4 Miler starts at 7pm on Friday, September 16. To enter your party in the Neighbors Light the Way contest, please register with the CYCA office at If you have questions, please email April at

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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