2nd Annual Catfish Chase 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run on April 30 Raises Funds for American Cancer Society

Posted by: Chuck Dean on Sun, Apr 24, 2011:



DATE:            April 25, 2011            

CONTACT: Kathy Dean, Providence United Methodist Church, 251-604-7592,



2nd Annual Catfish Chase 5K &

1-Mile Fun Run on April 30 Raises Funds

for American Cancer Society


     SPANISH FORT, Ala. – The second annual Catfish Chase, a 5K run and 1-mile fun run, will be held Saturday, April 30 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

     The event is hosted by Providence United Methodist Church, which is raising funds for the church’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each group. A grand door prize, drawn at random from registered runners, is a stay at the penthouse condo at The Wharf.

      “We started the Catfish Chase as a community-wide, family-friendly way to enjoy the spring weather, get some exercise and help support research to find a cure for cancer, which devastates so many lives,” said Elizabeth Wilder, one of the Catfish Chase organizers and a member of Providence UMC.

       Catfish filets, coleslaw and hush puppies donated by Lulu’s restaurant at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores will be available after the race for participants. Plates are available for takeout as well for $5 each.

     The name of the event is a nod to the church’s roots when members started meeting in David’s Catfish Restaurant in Spanish Fort, earning the nickname “the catfish church.”

         The out-and-back 5K certified course will start at 8 a.m. at the church, located between Spanish Fort High and Middle schools at 32200 Jimmy Faulkner Drive in Spanish Fort. The family-friendly event includes a 1-Mile Fun Run.

     Online registration is available at www.active.com, keyword “Catfish Chase,” or entry forms may be downloaded at www.providencemethodist.org. Also, entry forms are available at the church weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

     Race day registration is $18 for those over age 12 and $8 for those ages 12 and under. The 1-mile Fun Run is free to runners registered for the 5K, and $7 for all others. Police, firefighters and active military personnel may participate for free.

     The church has raised over $40,000 for the American Cancer Society over the last three years, according to Mandie Kinsey, a PUMC member and chairman of the church’s Relay for Life team.

      For more information, visit the Providence UMC website at www.providencemethodist.org or call the church office at (251) 626-2510.


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