Photos: Blaylock Fine Art Photography

After five years of running through Fondren, Bobby Moorehead says it’s still a beautiful race. He’s director for this weekend’s 5th annual Cardinal Men’s Club Flight to the Finish 5k at St. Richard Catholic School. Organized by a group of parents who are runners, Flight raises funds for scholarship programs for the 60 year old school.

Founded in 2008, Flight to the Finish helps deserving children who otherwise could not afford to attend St. Richard. “The school gets a lot of kids from a lot of different places,” Moorehead explains. “It’s one of the best schools in town as far as having an identity that is more representative of our population.” So far, $12,000 in sponsorships have been pledged to this year’s race. “It’s all for a great purpose.”

The 3.1 mile course itself has been the subject of a lot of compliments. “Unlike some races you run,” Moorehead, says, “this is one that winds through a neighborhood with a lot of shade and it’s not too hilly.” Beginning at St. Richard Catholic School, the route takes runners to Meadowbrook Road before turning onto Oakridge Drive then Avondale before a long stretch on Hawthorn.

The one-mile kids fun run is always a highlight of the event

Another benefactor of the race’s proceeds? The Cardinal Men’s Club – but only so that they can in turn give back to the school. “When they renovated part of elementary building, we had to move the playground from the east side to the west side along Manhattan,” Moorhead tells us. “The men’s club put in manpower and rented equipment so the kids would have a place to play.” Other projects have included beautification and landscaping and a cleaning of the cafeteria, again, all for the school.

Moorehead says the more runners, the better. “I can’t stress enough how much the runners enjoy Fondren. It’s just a great course with tall tress and beautiful houses. You just don’t get a run like that every weekend.”

To register or pledge funds to the scholarship program, visit flighttothefinish.com.

 

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