Registration is open for the “Run with Ricky Virtual 5K”, a fundraiser for Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Due to the virtual format of the 5K, participants can run/walk their own 3.1 miles…even on a treadmill. But for those wishing to get out and enjoy the fall foliage on campus, the PTK Challenge Course has been designed to help participants get to their 5K goals. A map of the challenge course can be viewed here tinyurl.com/runwithrickyCost is $25. To register for the race or for more information about the Run with Ricky Virtual 5K,visit tinyurl.com/runwithrickyTime submissions will open at midnight on Thursday, October 15, and will continue until Saturday, October 31, at 11:59 p.m. Times submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for evaluation. The top 10 fastest to complete the race will receive an additional gift from the Northeast Development Foundation and Alumni Association.The Run with Ricky Virtual 5K, named for NEMCC President Ricky Ford, will benefit the Iota Zeta chapter’s extensive community and campus outreach projects. The chapter works with such organizations as Relay for Life, the American Red Cross and NEMCC’s Tiger D.E.N. food pantry. For their efforts Iota Zeta has been named in the top ten Phi Theta Kappa chapters world-wide.“Our chapter does a lot of good work in the community and on Northeast’s campus,” said chapter advisor Morgan Ricks.“We are proud to have spearheaded many important initiatives in the past. We have only been able to do the work we’ve done because of the diligent fundraising efforts of our members. However, because of COVID-19, our normal fundraising campaigns were eliminated this year.”
An avid runner and proponent of good health and fitness practices, President Ford encourages as many as possible to participate and assist PTK at Northeast.“This is an opportunity to get active and participate in a 5K utilizing the virtual experience,” Ford said.“PTK does so many projects that assist Northeast, and at the same time, extend over into the communities we serve. My challenge to everyone will be to participate in a worthwhile community project and have fun doing it. You can participate alone or with friends. What better way to begin a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the journey.”PTK’s officer team and advisors are hoping that this opportunity will inspire people to get out and get active, all while helping support the work of Iota Zeta.The chapter is also accepting donations through the Northeast Development Foundation at tinyurl.com/runwithricky-NEMCC-