Run for the Children planned for Downtown Conway streets

The Derrick Law Firm is gearing up for its fourth annual Run for the Children 5K race March 19 in Downtown Conway.

The Derrick Law Firm is gearing up for its fourth annual Run for the Children 5K race March 19 in Downtown Conway.

Entry fee is $25. All registration fees will benefit the Children’s Mentoring Program of Horry County.

“I am excited about the Run for the Children 5K again this year,” said Conway attorney Dirk Derrick, whose parents Julius and Polly Derrick established the mentoring program in Horry County in 1989. “My father and mother have run this program for many years. Since the passing of my father, my mother Polly Derrick, with the help of her caseworkers and board members, have continued the program.”

Derrick said the Children’s Mentoring Program means a lot to his family.

“My father was raised an orphan and did not have a father to love him and teach him what it meant to be a man,” he said. “While growing up, his mentors were his coaches. He knew that in our society today, there are so many kids in single-parent homes that need role models and mentors.”

"I wanted to sponsor an event that would raise money and awareness for the Children's Mentoring Program that my parents started over 20 years ago,” he said. “It is a worthwhile cause, and there is truly a need for mentors in the lives of many local children, who are missing a significant adult role model. The mentoring program does a lot of good for children in need, and I hope this race will rally the community's support."

According to race director Holly Littles, who is the client liaison and marketing specialist for Derrick Law Firm, the race will begin and end at Conway Marina and make its way through the historic streets of Downtown Conway.

"The route of this race is great for many skill levels,” she said. “There are flat straightaways as well as slopping hills that will motivate and challenge runners."

The Children’s Mentoring Program is designed to pair children with mentors who can provide guidance and support they might not otherwise receive.

“It’s a huge problem and the program will continue in an effort to provide a solution,” Dirk Derrick said. “The program really needs adults, young and old, who are willing to spend a little time with a kid to change a life. We appreciate anyone who supports the run and all monies raised go to the program.”

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Marina Park in Downtown Conway. Both runners and walkers will have an hour to complete the 3.1-mile course.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners as well as the male and female winners in under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-and-over age divisions.

Runners can preregister online at www.runsignup.com until March 18. Participants may also register and pick up their registration materials from 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m. the morning of the race.

Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Littles at (843) 248-7486 or holly@derricklawfirm.com

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