The Cowford Chophouse recently announced it will host the second annual MOO-VE IT 5K and 1-mile fun run March 3.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in its work as the Northeast Florida direct service provider for the Open Doors Outreach Network. Open Doors is a public-private partnership administered by Voices for Florida, which improves care, coordination and outcomes for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to age 24. Together and alongside survivors, the Open Doors team works 24/7/365 to support each survivor’s well-being and connect them to appropriate resources to aid the recovery process. Funds raised will assist the organization in receiving a grant match for this program.
“The Jacksonville community has been so supportive of the Cowford Chophouse, and it is an honor and privilege to give back to the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center through this event,” said Jacques Klempf, owner of the Cowford Chophouse and a Ponte Vedra resident.
The race will begin and end near the Cowford Chophouse, located at 101 East Bay St. In addition to the 5K race, the event will include a 1-mile fun run and post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets. Runners can register at http://1stplacesports.com/races/mooveit/.
The Winston Family YMCA, located at 221 Riverside Ave., will host a free biweekly run club in advance of the race. Runners do not need to be members of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast to participate. The run club will meet at 6 p.m. on the following days: Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27, and March 1.
“Our goal in forming the run club with the Winston Family YMCA is to connect members of the community with our team in a fun and supportive setting,” said Tayloe McDonald, vice president of strategic partnerships at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. “The overall health of our community is reflected in our ability to support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our neighbors. We hope the connections made through the run club strengthen the network of support for the Open Doors Outreach Network in the Greater Jacksonville community.”
Registration fees are $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile fun run. The 5K registration price will increase to $40 Feb. 25, and $45 the day of the race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, medal, race bag with specialty items and admission to a post-race block party with complimentary food and beer.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, email Nicole White, Cowford Chophouse project assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.