The Oxford–Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce will host the 18th annual Double Decker Spring Run featuring a 10-kilometer race, a 5K and a kids’ fun run through The University of Mississippi campus and Oxford community later this month.
Pam Swain, vice president of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber hopes the fundraising event will be an opportunity to promote the health of the Oxford-Lafayette community and bring neighbors together.
“Our goal is to offer an event that is perfect for an active community like Oxford,” Swain said.
“We hope for everyone to be involved and be a part of something that the community comes together for.”
The Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization, depends on fundraisers like the annual race to reach its annual budgets.
The race is the product of a partnership with Start2Finish, a company located in Memphis, that offers health-oriented events to Mississippians throughout the year.
“They have been very instrumental in helping us get the word out,” Swain said.
S2F joined last year and was able to help the Chamber of Commerce reach more than 1,000 registered participants. They have a network of around 7,000 racers in the region that they communicate with to help people become aware of not only the spring run but other active events.
The Chamber of Commerce is hoping to reach 1,400 racers this year, according to Swain.
“If you drive around Oxford you see people out and about walking and running at all hours of the day and evening right now,” Swain said. “So those things signify to me that we will definitely see an increase in registration this year.”
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has continued in its legacy of support in participating as a sponsor for the 18th year.
“We want to let our community know that the hospital supports being healthy,” said Jombi Roberson, the directer of marketing at the hospital.
Volunteers from the hospital provide water for the runners and help out in any way possible.
Participants can save $10 on the registration fee by signing up during early registration, which ends today.
Runners can register online at www.doubledeckerspringrun.com.