JONESBORO — Residents of Jonesboro may soon run for their lives through the streets of the city’s historic downtown area.
It won’t be some re-enactment of the Battle of Jonesborough, but rather a running event designed to promote healthier lifestyles. The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey is organizing the event and Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day said the city has an opportunity to join in the fun.
“The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey wants to do a fun run and they’ve asked us to co-host it with them,” said Day. “It’s something they want to do to promote fitness and there would be a 5k race and a 10k race.”
The City Council will vote next week on whether to join as an organizer for the March 22 race. It would be different from the annual race the Lake Spivey Country Club hosts every year at Clayton County International Park. This new race would begin and end at Lee Street Park, in the heart of the city, said Day.
Proceeds collected from the race would go to local charities and the Rotarians would shoulder all of the costs for staging the event, according to the mayor. She said it would not be a race sanctioned by the Atlanta Track Club this year, but could be in the future.
The main focus, though, will be fitness and raising money for the charities.
“It’s going to always be a benefit run because Rotary Club is all about service,” said Day. “This year, they are working with the homeless so the money from this first race will probably go to charities that help the homeless.”
Councilwoman Pat Sebo said the event could also be a good opportunity to promote the city’s historic areas because of the route that is expected to be used. She didn’t go into detail about what the route will be, but she said it will showcase the city’s history.
“My understanding is the route will take the runners past many of the historic sites in the city, which will really be a shot in the arm to us,” said Sebo.
Council members seemed to embrace the idea when it was brought to their attention at a work session this week. In addition to the the race, the event will include booths for area health providers, such as Southern Regional Medical Center, to conduct free health screenings. Southern Regional is a corporate sponsor for the event.