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 third Light the Way 5K and Fun Run Sunday, November 20. 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 once again volunteered to assist with administering the race. A local fitness studio led the runners in a warm-up routine and area businesses dispensed much needed hot chocolate.
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 initiatives such as the A+ Coalition, dedicated to improving the educational opportunities afforded our area’s children, Leadership Natchitoches and Natchitoches Young Professionals.