February 9, 2012 by wcobserver
WINSLOW – Plansareunderwayforthe secondannualWinslowHalfMarathonand 5k Race to be held on Sept. 22. Event organizers recently met at the home of community volunteer Mary Anderson, where they discussed plans for this year’s race, appointed race organizing committees and elected a new Race President. This years race will take place under the leadership of Jane Maginot, of Winslow.
Jane Maginot moved to the Boston Mountains four years ago with her hus- band, James, to start a small diversified farm, Beyond Organics Farm. Together they raise vegetables, goats, poultry and cattle. The farm is in its early stages and growing leaps and bounds every year. Off farm,JaneisaProgramAssociateinWater Quality for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Her responsibilities include urban stormwater program coordination and promotion, development of stormwater teaching resources, and youth outreach. Prior to coming to Northwest Arkansas, Jane worked and lived in the EastAfrican country of Tanzania as an Executive Director for a small non-profit and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Jane is originally fromTexarkana,TX.
This year’s race will be limited to 500 runners,who will once again run the same Half Marathon Certified course created in 2011. Once again, the race will benefit local Winslow non-profit organizations. Last year’s race proceeds were just shy of
$4,000 and were distributed to Winslow Community Meals, Winslow Friends of theLibrary,Boston Mountain Fire Department, Winslow Community Relief Fund andothercommunity organizations.
Organizershopetobuildontheirsuccess of last year.A community festival will be held in Peaks Park adjacent to the finish line.Registrationinformationcanbefound at www.winslowrun.com For additional information and sponsorship opportunities,pleasecontactJaneMaginotatjane@ winslowrun.com –– By John Ford, Special to the Observer