DeSoto County Annual MLK Jr. 5K Unity Run/Walk (Virtual)

Sun January 17 - Sun January 24 Southaven, MS 38672 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
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Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.preciouspearlsfoundation.org/mlk/.

Place
Snowden House
6205 Snowden Lane
Southaven, MS US 38672
Description

The MLK Unity 5K Run/Walk is in collaboration with the City of Southaven and supported by the Southaven Mayor’s office, Mayor’s Youth Council, local churches and citizens of  DeSoto County.  This event began as a small walk but has grown into an annual tradition and since has expanded into a 5K Run/Walk.  Its purpose is to celebrate unity among peers and the value added by asking all ethnic groups to recognize the ties that bind us all together with people from all walks of life to work together as one group.

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds for the Precious Pearls Foundations. Proceeds will assist the foundation in providing scholarships to deserving students in the DeSoto County Area, to prevent birth defect and infant mortality, provide services to the elderly and support to our veterans.

 Contact Precious Pearls Foundation for details on how to make it a fundraiser for your organization or school. info@preciouspearlsfoundation.org

Registration Options:

We are offering (2) registration options in support of COVID-19 guidelines for social gatherings.

(1) Virtual 5K at  Snowden Grove, Southaven, MS. (January 18th only) 

Course: 5K inside Snowden Grove as in past years.

Start time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM 

Course closes: 10:00 AM 

For those that wish to join us at the race site, we are offering a “start as you please” opportunity to complete your 5K run/walk on January 18th on our traditional 5K course in Snowden Grove. Runners and walkers should start no later than 9:00 am to allow enough time to finish before the course closes at 10:00 am. This staggered start will allow for additional distancing at the start line and throughout the entire course. Finish area protocol: Volunteers will wear masks and gloves in the finish area at all times. Participants and supporters will not be allowed to congregate in the area. Medals will be lying on the table for finishers to pick up once they cross the finish line. This area will be monitored by race personnel and volunteers. You will be responsible for capturing and uploading your time for results. You can get you time uploaded either by:

  • Using the RaceJoy App (see "RaceJoy How to" below) to automatically capture you mile split times and upload your time for results.

  • Update the time from your watch manually on the race results page by clicking on the "Submit Virtual Results" button on the results page (click here). The button will be available on January 18th.  

We look forward to seeing you crossing the finish line. Register for the: VIRTUAL 5K RUN/WALK - SNOWDEN GROVE!

(2) Virtual 5K Anywhere - from January 18th to January 24th you choose your 5K course. 

If prefer Not to join us in-person, we are offering a virtual "run anywhere" option. You may show your support by participating virtually. Your medal will be mailed to you. 

You can get you time uploaded either by:

  • Using the RaceJoy App (see "RaceJoy How to" below) to automatically capture you mile split times  and upload your time for results.

  • Update the time from your watch manually on the race results page by clicking on the "Submit Virtual  Results" button on the results page (click here). The button will be available on January 18th to January 24th. 

Register for the: VIRTUAL 5K RUN/WALK - RUN ANYWHERE!

 

VIRTUAL FAQ

Q: Do I have to be in a certain city/state to do this event?
A: Anyone can do the VIRTUAL run/walk 5K wherever you are, on your time!  This is great way for families and friends to stay active together, even if you don't live close to each other.  
 
Q: Do I have to run or can I walk?
A: You can run, walk, runwalk as long as you are purposefully moving and logging miles, it counts.
 
Q: Do I have to complete all 5K (3.1 miles) at one time?
A: Yes, since this is a "timed" event, you will need to complete the full 5K during one activity ... not multiple combined activities.
 
Q: Do I have to put in my miles outside?
A: Preferably you will be able to go outside so you can use our Live GPS tracking app, RaceJoy ... but if you need to complete your miles inside (on a treadmill, at the gym, etc.) that will be possible with the alternate reporting option.
 
Q: How do I record my miles/time?
A: The easiest and best way will be to utilize the RaceJoy app (see the RaceJoy app section on this page) ... you simply hit start on the app and it will register when you complete your 5K (3.1 miles).  But, if you are unable to carry your phone; will be in a location with poor cell service; or need to complete your miles inside or on a treadmill, then there will be alternate ways to report your time.  You can upload directly to the RunSignUp system.  You must first log in to RunSignUp then go to the Results tab on this webpage and choose "Submit Virtual Results".

All entrants will receive custom race medals commemorating this year's event.

Results will be posted in our normal awards categories beginning on January18th and finalized on January 25th. Due to the nature of virtual events, awards will be recognition only.

 

RaceJoy

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the DeSoto County Annual MLK Jr. 5K Unity Run/Walk (Virtual).

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.

Send-a-Cheer

  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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