There was an abundance of holiday spirit at the downtown riverbank as runners in some truly inventive-and well lit-costumes came together for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce’s second Light the Way 5K and Fun Run Sunday, December 12. 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. Athletes and coaches from Northwestern State University’s celeritous Track and Field program volunteered to assist with administering the race. A local fitness studio led the runners in a warm-up routine and area businesses dispensed sweet tea and energy drinks.
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, an 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 one of many races over the years.