The 2022 Steel Magnolia Race-a Fun Event With a Serious Purpose

Over 383 runners came out on a beautiful Saturday morning to compete in the 2022 Steel Magnolia Run Saturday, March 12. This year’s edition of the popular event was held for the first time on the downtown riverbank with the course taking runners through our picturesque city. Runners had a choice of a one mile “fun run” or a 5K race. There was also an opportunity for those who could not actively participate to support the cause by becoming a “virtual runner.”

This event, sponsored by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation, was more than a chance for fun and competition. The race is a major fundraiser for the NRMC Foundation’s various initiatives to improve the health of the parish’s citizens. This year’s race is raising funds to support patients facing a battle with cancer.

The annual race is a true community effort. The Natchitoches police department directed traffic and ensured a safe environment for the runners. NSU cheer and spirit groups were joined by Elite Cheer-Nastics in cheering on the runners as they ran the course. NSU Greek organizations and Nursing students helped with set up and passed out water. Scout Troop 60, sponsored by First United Methodist church presented the colors before the race.

One notable feature of this year’s Steel Magnolia Race is that the top trophies are pieces of art! NSU Assistant Professor of Art, Corbin Covher, sculpted the awards for the top male and female runners. His unique, handcrafted trophies helped make the race a special experience. The NRMC Foundation makes our community a better place. Let us help them as they help us!