By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Women’s Resource Center held its 8th annual “Run Baby Run” fundraising one mile and 5k race this Saturday, May 5. This year’s edition of the popular race featured over 85 runners on a picturesque course that started at the parish library and wound through the city before ending back at the library.
The Women’s Resource Center provides pregnancy related assistance to over 400 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, education and items such as prenatal vitamins, car seats, clothing and breast pumps. These items and the center’s support give the child and new mother a good start on their new lives. No woman is ever charged a fee. This year’s race is expected to raise $2,500.
The youth of Westside Baptist Church were joined by volunteers from the community in giving course directions and registering the runners. The Natchitoches Police Department gave the racers an escort and the Natchitoches Parish Library hosted the event as it has for the past few years. It is truly a community effort as people from every walk of life joined to help others in our community.
After the conclusion of the race, the crowd of runners, volunteers and supporters held a biodegradable balloon release to honor the boys, girls and unborn children who were helped by the Women’s Resource Center.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you do see a photograph you like, please consider a donation to the Women’s Resource Center.