Jacksonville .5K race raising funds for AMVETS

By Ryne Turke on March 29, 2016 at 11:57am

Jacksonville’s shortest race is returning to the Downtown Square on April 2nd.

Six years ago, Bruce and Dessa Surratt started the .5K walk, skip, run race to raise money for local organizations.

Bruce Surratt talked about the event on WLDS’ “AM-Conversation” and says the .5K race has brought in more than $21,000.

With the annual race continuing to grow in popularity, Surratt has enlisted the help of the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club.

“For $20 you get a good quality long sleeve shirt. All the money is going to the local AMVETS, so it is kind of a military design.”

“Racers” will take off at 11 a.m. from Bahan’s and finish at Don’s Place.

Surratt says the race is all about “having a good time” in Jacksonville.

“It is a time to showcase some of our restaurants. They all have food and drink specials that day. It is a nice day to congregate in downtown Jacksonville and seeing people.”

Applications are available on the .5K Facebook page or any of the 20 sponsors of the race.

Surratt will be on WLDS’ “AM-Conversation” Wednesday morning with more details on the race.