Run for the Bun 5K to be held May 6 in Locust Grove

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

With an eye toward the future, leaders at a local faith-based facility will soon be running to raise money to continue their mission.

The ninth annual Run for the Bun 5K run and walk is set for May 6 in downtown Locust Grove. Registration will kick off at 7 a.m., with the race to follow at 8:30 a.m., on Cleveland Street behind the Lovin’ Oven Pizzeria.

The cost to register is $30 before the race, and $40 at the event. The day will also feature a one-kilometer Fun Run, which carries a $20 registration fee.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County.

Sonja Hegwood is the director of development and education for the center, a pro-life ministry that offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, physical support and medical referrals. She said the center has established a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the race.

We’re planning for 200 runners,” she said. “This year, we have sponsorships covering the race, so all registration costs will go to benefit the center.

She added that the center’s five staff members and approximately 40 volunteers work throughout the year to meet the needs of women who are expecting a child.

“In 2016, we had over 1,700 appointments,” said Hegwood. “Because we believe everybody deserves access to medical care, we offer our services free of charge.”

Hegwood expressed her gratitude for local residents and businesses that are on board with the facility’s mission.

“We’ve got a lot of community support this year,” she said. “The community is excited about the race. They have continued to be generous even in an unsure economic climate,” she said. “Our community in Henry County is unique.”

Plans call for an expansion of the Pregnancy Resource Center the near future, to accommodate the growing number of women seeking prenatal care and related services. Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church recently donated property at the corner of Brannon Road and Ga. Highway 42, as part of the expansion project.

Hegwood emphasized that proceeds from the Run for Bun will not go directly to the building expansion, but will help facilitate the endeavor.

“We see our needs increasing as we look to our new building,” she said. “The more space we have, the more services we can offer, the more people we can reach, and the more we can help our community. It’s a good return on investment. People invest in us, and we can invest in the community.”

Additional attractions scheduled at the Run for Bun include vendors, food and a bouncy house for children in attendance, as well as about 50 door prizes, and a raffle.

To pre-register for the event or obtain more information, visit