Santa was joined by a number of elves and runners in some truly inventive-and well lit-costumes at the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Light the Way 5K and Fun Run Friday, December 13. Even the Grinch made an appearance, having her photo taken with Santa before the race. Natchitoches’ incredible Christmas lights provided a unique backdrop as over 250 runners brought some additional holiday spirit to downtown for an evening race under the lights. The racers also received a bit of holiday lagniappe as a group of people attending a Cursillo dinner at FUMC came out to sing carols and cheer on the runners. Over 40 athletes from Northwestern State University’s celeritous Track and Field program volunteered to assist with putting on the race.
The race was more than a chance to have fun in a unique holiday atmosphere. The event was held to raise funds for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce’s A+ Coalition, the chamber’s initiative dedicated to improving the educational opportunities afforded our area’s children. The coalition hosts the annual Elite Scholars Ceremony and New Teacher Welcome and is always looking for new ways to assist our area’s children.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the Chamber for a well run and enjoyable event. Hopefully, it will be the first of many races over the years.