Colleen Munkel, SMP vice president of programs, presented the first Bernice Linton Events Award to the Pinebelt Foundation for their exemplary work on the Hattiesburg Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.
Linton was the former executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association and played an important role in the revitalization of the downtown area.
Rhonda Hayden, race director, accepted the award on behalf of the Pinebelt Foundation.
The race is the region’s premier race experience that simultaneously provides a platform for area nonprofits to raise awareness and funding for their diverse charitable work.
In all, 14 charities different benefited from this year’s virtual race alone. Last year’s event drew over 1,000 runners to the Hattiesburg area, not only raising funds for charity but also boosting Hattiesburg’s economy.
The 2019 race brought in more than $200,000 for the 14 participating charities.
Additionally, through its Charity Runners Program, the race enables each of the charities to recruit runners, raise funds and educate the public about their organizations.