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Bearcat Relay for Life to Hold 5K Race in Memory of Chris Jones


IMG_3601copy-ChrisKeeley Jones lost her father, Chris Jones, to a rare form of brain cancer in 2014. While the months leading up to his passing and the months that have followed have been some of the most painful any will experience, she channels her grief into passion… a passion to raise money for the American Cancer Society for research to find a cure for a world with more birthdays.

This Saturday, March 21, will be the first annual 5K race honoring her father, a race that she has spent months preparing for.


Runners and walkers are welcome. The race will begin at the MHS football field house with registration from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. The on-site registration fee will be $30.

This is a themed race so all participants should wear purple – Jones said, “Purple tutus, purple facepaint, purple hair pieces, purple knee socks… purple everything! Purple is the color for all cancers and we want to support all of the different cancer battles as well as those who have lost their battle… and the caregivers.”

Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female runners in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.



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