Benton teen organizes 5K event to raise hunger awareness

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Benton United Methodist Church will be hosting the Stampede Hunger 5K run/walk fundraiser for the Food Bank of NWLA and The Table Food Ministries of Benton UMC on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Lynnse Terhune
Lynnse Terhune

Lynnse Terhune, a sophomore of Benton High School and member of Benton UMC, started Stand Up 2 Hunger in 2013 by selling t-shirts to raise funds to fight hunger and spread awareness.  Stampede Hunger is another avenue for Lynnse to further her cause.

As of now, Bossier Parish has a 12.4% food insecurity rate. That equals 14,580 people in Bossier Parish that are unsure where their next meal comes from. That has grown by 680 people since last year.

Join the stampede! The 5K (3.1 mi) course will start and finish at Benton United Methodist Church, 4615 Palmetto Road, Benton, Louisiana – next door to the 911 station.  The race will wind through the lovely lanes and small, rolling hills of Woodlake South subdivision. This is a scenic and challenging course for runners, walkers, and sightseers.

For the parents: Nursery for ages 4 and under with pre-registration and events for children over 5 for during the race. For the children: ½ Mile Fun Run, nursery for ages 4 and under, carnival games, face-painting and the Benton Fire Department will bring their fire truck for display.

To register, visit www.bentonumc.org/Stampede and register online by October 28, 2014 to receive a t-shirt. Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. (t-shirts are not guaranteed if not pre-registered). Registration fee is $25 per person for the 5K and $15 for the children’s ½ Mile Fun Run.