A St. Jude 5K run in downtown McMinnville has the goal of scaring up funds for the organization. The run will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 and a Halloween theme is encouraged.
Move over Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and The Green Hornet. In addition to traditional super heroes, the event will feature local hometown heroes.
“We will be featuring hometown heroes, children from Warren County who are battling cancer,” said Josh Crain, who is organizing the event with his wife, Ashly, with help from Main Street McMinnville.
Organizers are hoping the Halloween theme is a hit with runners the way a night race was popular last month when it was held at intermission of Main Street Live. An estimated 200 runners participated in the night race.
This is the second year the St. Jude fundraiser, minus the Halloween theme, has been proposed in the downtown area. The first was scheduled less than a year ago and was canceled shortly after.
“We made a lot of headway last time,” said Crain. “Then, we ran into a funding issue that we could not overcome with St. Jude.”
The issue that ended the run before it began last year was an auditing issue.
“St. Jude has a policy that, even if you are attempting to raise money on its behalf, you cannot open a bank account in the name St. Jude,” Crain said. “It’s simply an auditing issue on their end, which I understand.”
The only way to hold a fundraiser for St. Jude would be for Crain and his wife to accept registration checks in their names or partner with an existing organization that is state certified as a nonprofit.
Crain chose option two and began working toward that endeavor.
“I’m very pleased to tell you we have partnered with Main Street McMinnville,” he said. “They will help me raise the money in a non-profit manner, so people who are donating to that specific cause will get all the necessary tax breaks or benefits for that type of donation.”
The Crains became involved in St. Jude after the birth of their first child. Since that time, helping St. Jude has been their passion.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
A date for the race is Oct. 29 beginning at 3 p.m. More race details will be made available as they are finalized. Main Street McMinnville can be contacted at 506-5335.