Racing to end the impact of poverty in Collin County (particularly hunger and access to basic health care for children and adults), The Seven Loaves CommUnity presents Derby Day, a 5K and Fun Run and Festival, on Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7 – 11:30 a.m., at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, benefiting Seven Loaves Food Pantry & CommUnity Center, Plano Children’s Medical Clinic, and The West Side Clinic. The event is organized by the St. Andrew UMC Mom to Mom group and Run On.
Race registration begins at 7 a.m., with runners leaving starting gates at 8 a.m. for the fun run and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K. Awards will be announced at 9:30 a.m. Run registration includes Derby Day Midway with food, pony rides, bounce castles, face painting, petting zoo, games and more, which opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m.
NBC5’s sports reporter David Watkins, of Plano, will serve as the Derby Day Grand Master, kicking off the races at 8 a.m. and announcing the award winners at 9 a.m. Event Co-Chairs are Nancy Frazier and Jane Abigail.
“The objective of this fun event is to raise awareness of the growing and new face of poverty in our community and its devastating impact, and to gather community support to counter the impact of poverty in general,” said Rev. Janet Collinsworth, Executive Director, Seven Loaves CommUnity. “We are thrilled with the support we have received so far and anticipate a fantastic day that will go a long way to help so many in need.”
Run registration and midway ticket information are available at www.derbyrun.org. Advance online run registration closes at midnight on Thursday, May 3.
Fees are as follows: Fun Run: 1 Mile (Run/Walk, Strollers & dogs on leashes welcome) – $15 (any time, regardless of age); 5K: $15 ages 12 & under; $20 thru 4/28; $25 after 4/28; $30 on race day; Family registration (only available thru 4/28) – $60 (2 adults & 2 kids 12 & under); Additional kids $10; Midway only tickets – $5/individual, $20/family. If participating in either run, access is provided to Derby Day Midway.
Major sponsors are: Diamond – Credera; Gold – encana, Fujitsu, Jaguar Hospitality, Pepsico, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Plano; and Silver – Superior Hire, Willow Bend Mortgage, Capital Title, Ebby Halliday Realtors of Collin County, and Citrix.
“When we tell community members that there are over 100,000 people in Collin County, half of which are children, who are food insecure, meaning they do not know if they will have enough to eat, it is very hard for them to believe,” added Rev. Janet Collinsworth. “In 2011, The Seven Loaves CommUnity Center provided over 17,000 weeks of healthy food to pantry clients as well as special holiday food, back to school supplies and clothes and winter coats for kids.”
“We also know that Texas was recently identified as the #2 state with hunger problems,” added Rev. Collinsworth. “As a growing community, the needs of the people of Collin County will continue to change. Similarly, Seven Loaves CommUnity Center will continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs and demands. With the help of caring individuals in our community and wonderful supporters and sponsors, we are making a difference. We hope to see you on Derby Day!”