More than 500 runners showed up bright and early at Governor’s Square Mall Thanksgiving Day to take part in the 8th Annual Pass the Turkey 5K Walk/Run. Members of Clarksville Running Club help organize the event each year which for the last five years has benefited Manna Cafe Ministries. Participants donated food, winter clothing, and more than $3,500 to the local organization that provides support to many of Clarksville’s homeless and financially challenged citizens. Pass the Turkey is not a competitive event. Runners and walkers of all skill levels were just there to have fun and support a good cause. Many of the runners dressed like turkeys or wore turkey hats. One runner wore only running shorts, running shoes, a stocking cap and gloves, which was a bold statement on a morning when the temperature was in the 20s. Lots of participants brought their dogs out to enjoy the event. Just before the start of the race, a woman dressed in a turkey costume took off. She was the “turkey” to pass at this year’s run. Kenny York is the founder of Manna Cafe. He expressed his thanks to all of the runners as well as Matt Heiser and CRC for their continued support. “It’s an awesome day that we look forward to each year, “York said. “This event just seems to get bigger and bigger.”
Canadra Jenkins and Calendra Blanks of Flourishing Families recently held a 5K Walk to raise awareness for Clarksville’s homeless. Jenkins says the 3rd Annual Walk/Fun Run into a Better Life 5K was a way to inform the people of Clarksville about the city’s homeless population and how they may begin to participate, volunteer and help, not only Flourishing Families, but any organization in the community that is working toward solutions for the homeless. Flourishing Families is also celebrating its 7th anniversary. “We offer help to people in Clarksville,” Blanks said. “We raise money that goes to help Clarksville’s homeless and low-income families and individuals with job placement, financial advice, child care, counseling, and shelter solutions.”
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