What began as a group of women running, walking and exercising to encourage healthier living celebrates its anniversary again this weekend with a 5K.
“Soul Sistas Run Inc. started as a group of women that wanted to get off of the couch and start to run/walk/exercise and encourage each other to live a happier and healthier life through running and walking, so what better way than to celebrate our anniversary every year by hosting a race?” said Soul Sistas Run President Pamela Whitfield.
The second SSRUNAVERSARY will be held Saturday at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $25, which includes a race T-shirt along with a swag bag of gifts and giveaways. All youth younger than 15 or students on local track or cross country teams can run for $15.
“The 5K supports our scholarship foundation, along with our community efforts such as our mentoring program, mentoring teen girls in our local Bartow County area as well as the Kennesaw area with Soul Sistas Run South,” Whitfield said. “This year we are excited to have a portion of the proceeds go toward helping our hometown sweetheart Janice Brown, a local Cartersville native who works for the city of Cartersville for over 30 years [and] worked for Grand Oaks for over 20 years; she also has a small catering business as well with Jerri Knowles. Janice is battling pancreatic cancer and has always come to the need and help of others, and this year we want to just let her know that we are standing with her, we love her and that we are here to support her.”
As SSR has grown, so has the organization’s outreach.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Black Tie Gala will honor two students and Legacy Award winners.
“We are so happy [too] with the growth of our organization and looking forward to our upcoming Black Tie Gala in December, [during] which we will provide two scholarships to deserving women that have applied and submitted their application to our Scholarship Committee,” Whitfield said. “We will also award Legacy Awards to those [in] our community that are making a difference in the community such as Teacher of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Pastor of the Year, etc.”
Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the gala also will feature dinner and a live band.
For 2016, Whitfield said the organization will look to raise funds to take mentees to Washington, D.C.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than an educated woman; with an education, she can conquer the world,” she said. “We look at our ancestors with little to no education who took care of children, worked and provided for their families. That is even harder to do today, which is why we push so hard for education, to excel in the workplace, to start a new career, etc. We enforce education to our mentees, take them on monthly college tours to entice them to see life beyond their current situation or what their eyes can currently see.”
To enter the SSRUNAVERSARY 5K, visit http://www.active.com/cartersville-ga/running/distance-running-races/2nd-ssrunaversay-5k-sponsored-by-soul-sistas-run-inc-2015.