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Jabari Greer to host Run Jackson Saturday

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

A event being hosted by Jackson native and New Orleans Saints Cornerback Jabari Greer and The Greer Campaign will promote uniting fathers and families this Father’s Day Weekend.

“Run Jackson” is set to kick off Saturday in downtown Jackson. The event will be centered in the streets around City Hall.

The day will begin with a 5K and a one-mile Family March with Jabari Greer and the Jackson-Madison County Schools Drum Line All Stars. There will also be a family auction, children’s games and races for Special Needs Athletic participants and community heroes.

At 1:00 p.m. finalists from WYN 106.9 West TN Idol/Texaco Country Showdown Finalists will take the stage, followed at 2:30 p.m. by Jason Castro, a finalist from American Idol’s seventh season. Also performing will be Saul2Paul, Eric Price and Smooth Jazz Progression.

Greer and area sponsors will also announce the winner for the Paul Williams Father of the Year award.

Greer, the founder of The Greer Campaign, explained why Run Jackson exists by saying, "We have four goals for this event: unite fathers and families, bring the community together, bring attention to downtown Jackson and raise money to strengthen our families. With so many people coming together, we're going to make a huge statement about the importance of family unity."

Following is a schedule of events for Saturday, June 16:

7 a.m. — Registration for 5K and Family March with Jabari Greer


8 a.m. — 5K Race

5K will begin at Jackson City Hall with a downtown course that finishes back in front of city hall. All preregistered participants will receive a tech shirt. Registration is online at racesonline.com ($30).


9 a.m. — Family March with Jabari Greer and Jackson Madison County Schools Drum Line All-Stars

March will begin in front of Jackson City Hall. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and bring strollers if needed. Registration is free; T-shirts will be available for purchase.

JMCSS Drum Line All-Stars will be coordinated by Ben Parker, Liberty High School Assistant Director of Bands


9:30 a.m. — 5K Trophy Presentation


10 a.m. — Sprint Races

Free Kids’ Games Begin — Jumpers, Dunkin’ Booth, etc.

Family Auction Begins — Kids of all ages can bid on new and gently used items; all

proceeds benefit The Greer Campaign


10:30 a.m. — The Lunch Box serving food throughout day and Coca-Cola products for sale


11:30 a.m. — Sprint Race Award Presentations


Noon — Lunch, Vendors, Music, Games


1 p.m. — WYN 106.9 West TN Idol/Texaco Country Showdown Finalists


2:30 p.m. — Jason Castro


5:00 p.m. — Saul2Paul


6:00 p.m. — Eric Price, II


7:00 p.m. — Presentation of the Paul Williams Father of the Year Award by Jabari Greer and award sponsors

Prizes include a recliner from Royal Furniture, a Sam’s gift card and an overnight stay and Sunday brunch for two at the DoubleTree Hotel. To nominate a father, brother, son or friend, individuals can write a paragraph of no more than 250 words telling why he deserves to be father of the year. Entrees must be postmarked by June 11 and received at P.O. Box 32, Oakfield, TN 38362 by June 14. Recipient must be present to win.

Family auction ends; purchasers must be present to pay


7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. — Smooth Jazz Progression