This summer, check out some of the local races. Photo courtesy Flickr/ Brett Lohmeyer
Races are a thing in Jackson; here's a list of the 5Ks and other races coming up. Add more at jfp.ms/5Kssummer2017.
Wings Like Eagles 5K and Fun Run
Wings Like Eagles, which is Saturday, June 17, is an annual fundraiser for Pearson Baptist Church's youth group. The 5K is at 8 a.m., and the fun run is at 9 a.m. Early registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run, and ends June 10. After that, the fee is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run. Early packet pickup is at Pearson Baptist Church (151 S. Pearson Road) on June 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Same-day registration and packet pickup will be from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on June 17. The starting line is Hinds Community College Rankin campus' Clyde Muse Center (515 Country Place Pkwy.). The event will have awards for runners and walkers. For more information, find the event on active.com.
Crayola Classic 10K/5K Run and Walk
If one of your dreams in life is to run dressed as a crayon, you can do so in the Crayola Classic (though a costume isn't required). The proceeds go toward the purchase of school clothes and supplies for less fortunate kids in Rankin County. The fee for the event, which is Saturday, June 24, at Hinds Community College Rankin campus' Clyde Muse Center, is $30 for the 5K run and walk and 10K run until June 16. The price will increase to $40 on June 17. Packet pickup begins at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Suite Z, Ridgeland) on Friday, June 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Race-day registration and packet pickup is from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. at the Clyde Muse Center. The event begins at 7 a.m. The Crayola Classic will have awards for the 5K run and walk, and 10K run in categories such as overall male and female, overall masters male and female, and first, second and third places for specified age groups. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
LeFleur East Flash Dash
This annual 5K race takes place at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.) and features food trucks, LED flashers, music from the Patrick Harkins Band and more. The 5K is $30 for an individual, $100 for a family of four and $20 for the fun run, which is for kids ages 12 and under. The event begins at 7 p.m., and the run starts at 8 p.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
Summer in the metro area means one thing: the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest is coming to town soon. The fifth annual Balloon Chase, which coincides with the festival, consists of a 10- or 30-mile bike ride, a 4-mile run, 2-mile walk or a kids' 1-mile fun run. All participants will receive a T-shirt, race medal and will get to run or ride with the hot-air balloons. The run, walk and bike ride are $30, and the fun run is $10. Registration for the bike ride begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, and the event begins at 7 a.m. Registration for the run and walk is at 5:30 p.m. on that day. The 4-mile run and 2-mile walk begins at 6:30 p.m., and the fun run begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit ballooncanton.com.
Watermelon Classic 5K
This event, which is Tuesday, July 4, at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, will have a 5K run and walk, a fun run, watermelon, drinks, face painting and more. The run and walk are $25, and the fun run is $15. The prices increase on June 29. The Watermelon Classic starts at 7:30 a.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook.