In a way, the annual 5K race sponsored by the Raleigh/Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is a victim of its own success. The event -- officially entitled the Jack and Jill Ran Up the Hill 5K and 1-mile Fun Run – had been growing in its first two years and in its third year, had more of a festive atmosphere than ever with a Zumba demonstration, kids corner with bounce house, face painting and other activities.
But the race and others like it have spawned competition as other organizations see the value of road races as fundraisers; two other organizations held 5K races in the Morrisville area on Saturday, Sept. 14, the same day as the third annual Jack and Jill event. While attendance did shrink a little, the event held its own as dozens of participants showed up.
Officials of Raleigh/Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, an organization committed to the celebration and education of children and the community, were happy with the way the day turned out. Karen Jackson, race coordinator, noted that the event this year raised funds for CONCERT, an academic enrichment program for at-risk students in high-poverty schools.
"We were so excited to be able to bring families together to help raise money for at-risk youth in Southeast Raleigh,” Jackson said. “We had refreshments, free health screenings, free massages, and a children's Kids' Zone to make sure we had something for everyone. We plan to make next year even better!"
The first three male finishers were Christian Pigues, 14, of Raleigh; Anthony Greco, 34, of Raleigh; and Cameron Ogle, 15, of Wake Forest. The top female finishers were Constance Kissling, 46, of Raleigh; Catherine Wides, 64, of Durham; and Nicole Johnson, 43, of Wake Forest.
The event started at 8 a.m. at 1050 Town Hall Drive in Morrisville.