The McElroy House will be hosting the inaugural Harvest Run on Saturday. The nonprofit organization, which serves both Pope and Yell counties, created the Harvest Run as a fundraiser in hopes of applying the earned funds towards the opening of the center in Dardanelle.
“We want it to be a safe place for everyone,” said coordinator Marie Williams, graduate student at Arkansas Tech University.
The Harvest Run is a 5k with a post-race party to follow.
“I’m a runner, and I have an idea as to how it works.” said Williams. “We put our own spin on it by putting stories with it. When people signed up for the race, we asked for stories from them.”
These stories will be posted throughout the race and around the post-race party for the viewing pleasure of visitors.
The awards for winning runners will be donated, spray painted tennis shoes with a story of their history. Williams said the story will answer questions like why the donator started running and how many miles are on the donated shoes.
The McElroy House’s mission is to bridge the gap between ages, producers and consumers and the community. In an attempt to bridge the gap in the Russellville community, several local vendors and organizations are a part of the Harvest Run in hopes the presence at the event will give a face to the name of the businesses.
Williams hopes the Harvest Run will open dialogue between members of the community, incorporate Tech students into the organization and give people the opportunity to learn about the McElroy House.
If students are interested in working with or volunteering for the McElroy house, Marie Williams can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 692-1511.