Home Run 5K to be held Saturday, June 2

Published 1:23 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018

AMERICUS – the Methodist Home in Americus presents the sixth annual Home Run 5K to be held Saturday, June 2, here in Americus.

The run will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Americus First United Methodist Church. Located at All of the proceeds will benefit the Americus campus of the Methodist Home, which provides residential care and support for teenage girls. The 5K race will be held in memory of a friend of the home, Jay Williams, who died in 2012. “This event is close to my heart because it honors the memory of my friend, Jay Williams,” said Rebecca Ferguson, auxiliary member. “I am so happy to provide a space for the community to see how they can help heal children and restore childhoods right here in Americus. I have worked for the Methodist Home for several years before I started volunteering to help coordinate this race, and have always appreciated the healing that happens for the girls there.” Ferguson went on to say that she has worked with youth who learned how to trust in others and trust themselves for the first time in their lives. She also said that she loves to be a part of this race because it gives the girls a sense that the community is surrounding them with love. “This event really helps them feel connected to the community, and it lets them know that they are not alone and that there are many people who care about them. Both the runners and businesses support this race,” Ferguson continued.

According to Brittany Grier, marketing coordinator for the Methodist Home, money is raised each year to help provide activities for the girls who live at the Methodist Home. The home provides residential care and therapeutic support for 10-12 teenage girls, and is located on Millcreek Road.

In addition to the 5K run, there will also be a one-mile fun run as well. Those wishing to participate should go to www.TheMethodistHome.org/events. Preregistration for the one-mile fun run is $10 and $15 on race day. For those doing the Home Run 5K, preregistration is $15 and $20 on race day. According to Judy Tott, president of the Americus Auxiliary, last year’s run raised over $12,000 in proceeds.