Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spotlight: Rain Can't Keep Our Racers' Spirits Down

There was an an abundance of creativity with the costume
contest. Photo by Frank Chin

Call it a miracle on Main and Beale, but on the dreary Sunday of our first 5K race, the skies cleared and gave our runners just enough time to complete a dry 3.1 miles in downtown Memphis.

Despite the gloom, 183 devoted racers came out for the inaugural Break-A-Leg 5K on November 23, the Orpheum’s first ever race. While the weather hindered some of the 349 registered participants from making it down to the theatre, we are thrilled so many people enjoyed the race and block party afterword. 

Kyle Grady crosses the finish line.
Photo by Frank Chin

Congratulations to Kyle Grady, who finished first overall with a time of 19:36.6, and second and third place Overall Male winners Robert Wilson and Preston Burks. Whitney Faust took the prize for Overall Female with a time of 23:49.8, followed by Rachel Capshaw and Kristin Mattei in second and third place, respectively. Click here to see a full list of winners. 

A huge thank you goes to out to Start2Finish Event Management for helping us coordinate such a terrific race. 

Though the block party had to be moved inside when the rain started again after the race, there was plenty of fun to be had in the lobby of the theatre. We loved the creativity in people’s costumes: leg lamps, elves, pink bunny pajamas, and more tinsel, funny hats and zany socks than you can probably imagine. 

Photo by Frank Chin
Another big thanks to Hard Rock Café for providing excellent food for our hungry runners and for having singer/guitarist Chris Johnson entertain our guests.

The proceeds from the 5K will benefit our education and community programs. Thanks for helping us raise awareness and for such an incredible inaugural 5K. We’re already planning next year’s race, so stay tuned for a new date and theme.

Check out photos from the race and the block party online. See one of you? Download it or tag yourself!

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