JCJC Magnolia GOLD hosts “A Run in Their Boots” 5K Run/Walk

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-04-18 14:26:32

ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College Magnolia GOLD Program is hosting its first 5K benefit run on Saturday, May 14, to assist the Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi. The 5K run/walk will be held on the JCJC campus with registration at the Bobcat Stadium at 7 a.m. and the race beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $30 for participants registering through race-day and $25 for walkers registering through the day of the event. T-Shirts will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.
“As leaders, both at JCJC and our community as a whole, we learn to lead by example.  This event gives our students an opportunity to do just that by giving back to our wounded veterans here locally,” said SFC Buster Bounds, who represents the Mississippi Army National Guard and is the MS Magnolia GOLD instructor at JCJC.  “Mississippi service members have sacrificed time from their families, jobs and communities in recent years answering the call to serve their state and country. Their efforts come at a high cost, not in dollars and cents, but in the lives of our guardsmen and their families.  This 5K benefit run is just a small gesture to give back to a group that has done so much behind the scenes for years. The young soldiers/students in our program are excited about the opportunity to give back to these heroes and are looking forward to the community coming out and joining them in their effort.”
The walk will immediately follow the 5K run. Awards will be given to the: Overall Male and Female, Overall Masters Male and Female, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place per age division.  All walkers participating in the Fun Run will receive a dog-tag ribbon with the Wounded Minutemen military motto. The age groups will be: 17 under, 17-25, 25-30, 31-50, 50-65, and 65-older.
“We are anxiously looking forward to a successful first 5K Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi benefit,” said Bounds. 
Registration forms can be picked up at the JCJC OneCard Office, by clicking on the Pine Belt Pacers web page at: http://www.pinebeltpacers.org/RaceInfo/Races16.html#May or by contacting Bounds at 601-310-8923 or email: milton.b.bounds.mil@mail.mil; or contact Lauren Wade at: lauren.wade@jcjc.edu. Other links to visit include: https://www.facebook.com/#!/A-Run-In-Their-Boots-1580912422199239/ and http://www.woundedminuteman.com.
Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi was founded in 2010 and is comprised of Mississippi civilian and military personnel. During the last several years, several hundred units from Mississippi have deployed to either Iraq and/or Afghanistan with some units being deployed on multiple tours. Many of our soldiers have been wounded in action and are now seeking to rebuild their lives as a private citizen. It is the organizations desire to provide financial assistance to these warriors who are having trouble reintegrating into their civilian jobs and community.
As a private, non-profit organization, it is the organization’s mission to honor and empower wounded service members from Mississippi and provide assistance to those who have sacrificed much to defend our freedom.
All, 100-percent of the money donated through, gifts, raffles, and various events is donated to the recipients.
The JCJC Magnolia GOLD Program was created by the MS National Guard and partnered with Jones County Junior College in 2014.  The GOLD program offers classes in advanced leadership skills to both military and non-military students.  The program was the first of its kind in Mississippi when the MS National Guard partnered with Jones County Junior College in its pilot stage. 


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