On the cool fall morning of Oct. 19, in Cullowhee, runners and walkers gathered at The Point Coffee House on Little Savannah Road to participate in the “Run For Their Lives” 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center (SMPCC). There were 49 participants in this inaugural event. All ages were represented with youngest at six and the youngest at heart at 68.
The course took the runners/walkers from The Point across the “catwalk” on to marked pathways through the campus of Western Carolina University and ending once again at The Point.
The overall winner in the men’s category, coming in with a time of 19:48.6 was Jay Scifers, his wife Michelle was the overall winner in the women’s category with a time of 27:20. The Scifers were awarded an engraved plaque, and a gift basket filled with items local businesses had donated for the event. Jeremiah Prince came in second overall with Dustin Lee, 12, coming in third place at 26:45:3. Laurie Jay took second place overall female with Margaret Mary Scanlan in third place. The first and second place finishers in each age group received an engraved plaque with a medal presented to all third place finishers.
“A special thanks to all those who volunteered their time, the WCU students that served as water station attendants, volunteers with SMPCC, staff and board that helped serve refreshments after the race and also served as tour guides at the office open house of SMPCC which is located directly behind The Point,” said Dr. David Ramsey medical director
“A special thank you to all of our corporate sponsors: The Point, Bear Mountain Outfitters, David’s Vision, Faith Baptist Church WMU, Road ID, Kobe Express. Without your support and willingness to partner with this ministry we would not have had such a successful fund raising event” said Jenny Golding, SMPCC CEO.
SMPCC is a non-profit faith based ministry that provides a caring place to turn for those facing and unexpected pregnancy. They provide free pregnancy tests; limited OB ultrasounds to confirm the pregnancy, “Earn While You Learn” parenting classes, Post Abortion Support group for men and women, and support to encourage enlighten and empower young men and women to make life affirming choices. If you are interested in how you can help support this ministry you can contact Jenny Golding, CEO at the Franklin Office at (828)349-3200 or visit our web sites at http://www.smpccpartners.com/ or www.smpcc.org or Facebook.