The Natchitoches Women’s Resource Center held its tenth annual “Run Baby Run” fundraising one mile and 5k race this Saturday, May 1. This year’s edition of the popular race featured a record high 170 runners on a picturesque course that started at the First Baptist Church and wound through the city before ending back at the church.
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, ultrasounds, 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.
The Shreveport chapter of Team RWB, a nation-wide organization for Veterans, their families and supporters brought several members to the run. Members of Team RWB presented the colors before the event. The Veterans were there to run for more than themselves. They had partnered with Ainsley’s Angels, an organization that pairs special needs individuals who would not normally be able to experience a run. The Team RWB members pushed specially built racing chairs with the person inside for the 5K run, giving them the chance to enjoy racing. Local Army Recruiter Staff Sergeant Lawrence Clint and his family represented the U.S. Army. DJ Craig Caskey kept the runners’ spirits high with a variety of tunes.
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. Miss Addie McGrath presented the Women’s Resource Center with a check for $170.00 that she raised by selling homemade bracelets.
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.