Congratulations to all participants in the 2012 United Way Chili Cookoff 5K, especially to overall female winner Jessica Weiss (second year in a row), and overall male winner Jacob Walker. Walker set a new course record with a time of 18 minutes and 23 seconds.
Complete official results are available via the "Results and Stats" link above.
Photos are available via the "Race Photos" link above.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Tenaris, who made this event happen.
See everyone next year!
Participants in the Chili Cookoff 5K Run/Walk help provide funding for 16 local United Way agencies. The United Way is one of the nation’s most well-respected philanthropic organizations. The United Way name has been engraved in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and, as a result, the actions of a single member organization or agency can impact other United Ways, and in some cases, the entire United Way movement.
The United Way of Greater Blytheville currently funds 16 area agencies. They are:
Abilities Unlimited Inc.
A sheltered workshop that accepts persons who have mild mental retardation, learning disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities/illnesses or sensory disabilities.
American Red Cross — NEA Chapter
There are many services provided by Red Cross volunteers, including disaster preparedness and relief, first aid and CPR training, swimming and lifeguard training, service to military personnel, veterans and their families, providing relief to victims of single family fires, social services and blood drives.
Area XII Special Olympics
Provides an opportunity for handicapped children and adults to compete in several sporting events. Events are modeled after U.S. Olympics with winners able to compete on a state and national level.
Blytheville Community Samaritans Ministry
BCSM has several ongoing programs – a soup kitchen that provides more than 250 meals weekly, youth enrichment programs, drug prevention, tutorial program, teen outreach, quiz bowl, summer enrichment program, after-school program.
Blytheville/Gosnell Area Food Pantry
Provides short-term emergency food and clothing assistance to individuals in need. More than 85,000 pounds of food goes to help to feed the hungry in the greater Blytheville area.
Boy Scouts of Greater Blytheville
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi County
A youth development organization dedicated to promoting the health, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls. The purpose is to enable them to develop into healthy productive citizens.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and placed in the foster care system until they reach safe and permanent homes.
Charles Strong Recreation Center
The purpose of this organization is to provide year-round activities that will enhance the spiritual, educational, cultural and redevelopment of the youth of this community and surrounding area.
Focus serves people with developmental disabilities of all ages. Goals are to achieve independence and inclusion for people with disabilities, to create appropriate transitions to schools and other agencies, to integrate people with disabilities into community life to increase awareness of the need for disability services.
Girl Scouts of Greater Blytheville
More than 400 girls learn the Girl Scout’s principles: a belief in God, service and responsible citizenship, high ideals of character and conduct and appreciation of the worth of all people.
The Haven of Northeast Arkansas
The Haven is an emergency shelter, which provides multiple services to a well-defined target population of abused women and their children. The Haven’s purpose is to provide these women a safe place to stay and to assist them in learning to live independent, abuse-free lives
Legal Aid of Arkansas
Legal Aid of Arkansas is the only provider of free legal services to low-income persons with civil legal problems in Mississippi County.
Mississippi County Literacy Council
The Mississippi County Literacy Council was established to help all individuals in learning how to read and write or to improve these skills. Our goal – reach and teach.
St. Luke Outreach Community Service
This after-school program provides homework help, mentoring arts and crafts and free meals to children ages 5-18.
Nearly 140 participants took part in this year's United Way Chili Cookoff 5K Run/Walk.
Photos of the 2011 event are available by clicking the "Race Photos" link above, or by clicking here. More pictures will be added as they become available.
Congratulations to all finishers in this event, especially top overall male, Shannon McDowell, and top overall female, Jessica Weiss. Complete results are available by clicking the "Results & Stats" link above, or by clicking here.
Special thanks to our title sponsor, Tenaris, for making this event happen.
For updates throughout the year, follow us on Facebook at "Blytheville 5K."