By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Women’s Resource Center held its 6th annual “Run Baby Run” fundraising 5k run this Saturday, May 6. This year’s edition of the popular race featured 113 runners on a picturesque course that started at the parish library and wound through the city before ending back at the library. This year’s race was expertly timed by the Northwestern State University Track and Field Team.
The Women’s Resource Center provides pregnancy related assistance to over 430 area women each year, providing 5-10 visits during the pregnancy with help continuing through the child’s first year. The Center provides its clients counseling and items such as prenatal vitamins, car seats and breast pumps. No woman is ever charged a fee. This year’s race is expected to raise $2,000.
After the conclusion of the race, the crowd of runners, volunteers and supporters held a balloon release to honor the boys, girls and unborn children who were helped by the Women’s Resource Center.