Join us for our 10th Annual Book It Virtual 5K/10K
benefiting Books from Birth and The Emmanuel Center

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The 10th Annual Book It 5K will move forward this year with a virtual 5K/10K race!  While we  can't safely run together this year, we can race virtually in support of The Emmanuel Center and Books from Birth.

Race Date and Window of Time to Complete: The race day is set for September 19, 2020, but participants will have a one-week window (September 13-September 19) to complete your distance and submit a time. We will provide details on how to submit your time.

What is a virtual race?  It's the perfect way to race during a pandemic!  Participants walk, jog or run any route of your chosen distance. It may be through a neighborhood, through the park, on a trail, on a treadmill, on a track, etc. Complete it at your leisure, any time of day or night. Time it with your own watch and then send in your time! On race day, take a photo and share it with us on Holy Communion’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HolyCommunion/

Race Distance Options and Cost:

  • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk $25.00
  • 5K $25.00
  • 10K $25.00
  • Ages 15 and Under $15.00 (any distance)

Why? The best part is that the run raises funds and awareness for two local organizations that are changing children’s lives for the better, The Emmanuel Center, in downtown Memphis, and Books from Birth. While many aspects of our daily lives have scaled back during the pandemic, the work of these two organizations does not stop, and the needs they fill are even greater at this time.

Awards and Prizes:

  • Overall Awards for 5K and 10K Male and Female Winners
  • Prizes for Hilliest Course, Most Creative Course and Course Furthest from Memphis.
  • Door prizes for randomly chosen 2020 participants.

Race T-Shirts: Option of a short sleeve soft style t-shirt or tech shirt.

Since the race can be run from anywhere, INVITE FRIENDS and FAMILY from out of town to sign up too!  Sign up and enjoy the challenge of a great run/walk as we run together in spirit and support Books from Birth and The Emmanuel Center.

                                                            To sign up, go to bookit5k.raceroster.com

The Emmanuel Center, founded in 1989, serves the 38126 zip code, with after-school programs that include tutoring. While its after-school program has been put on hold during the pandemic, its service to its community continues. It has conducted a Family Needs Assessment in its area and, as a result, has been delivering food boxes, books, educational activities, and art supplies to its students. Also, during the time while students are not at the Center, its staff is volunteering with the 38126 COVID-19 Response Project which provides community residents with food and hygiene supplies. This summer they teamed up with Literacy Mid-South to deliver books, worksheets, and journal prompts to participating K-5th grade students along with providing incentives for completion.

Books from Birth (now part of Porter Leath) makes its mission to advance childhood literacy by delivering a book a month to every child in the area from birth to 5 years old. More than 46,000 children in Shelby County receive age-appropriate books in their homes at no charge to these families. Porter Leath’s Books from Birth program, in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, ensure that the books are mailed to each child every month. Darren Thomas, Books from Birth development director said “during these times of working from home and home-schooling, the time to read with children is even more important.” Porter Leath has also worked to provide additional literacy tips and tools to parents, and its staff has provided virtual online reading times.

 

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