Big River Crossing to Hold Half-Marathon, 5K

July 28th, 2017

Memphis Daily News | Bill Dries

Big River Crossing will mark its first anniversary this fall with the Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting the Peer Power Foundation.

Set for Oct. 21, the half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, a pedestrian bridge above the Mississippi River. Half-marathon runners also will traverse the Big River Trail’s Loop, a 7-mile, paved path through the Arkansas floodplains that is scheduled to open to the public by the end of the summer.

In addition to the half-marathon, the race day will feature a 5K through Downtown Memphis, though the 5K runners will not cross the bridge. Both races will start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m.

The race will benefit Peer Power Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit that recruits and trains high-performing high school and college students to tutor and mentor their peers.

At roughly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active bike-pedestrian rail bridge and the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Visit bigrivercrossing.com for more details about the race.

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I have had the privilege of being a part of the Peer Power organization since its inception and I have enjoyed every single moment.  Seeing the sheer joy on students’ faces after they have been assisted with a subject they struggled in is indescribable.  Odd as it may seem, Peer Power can be likened to an inhaler or decongestant that provides relief to a person suffering from asthma or simply sinus issues.  When a person has asthma, at times they might have difficulty breathing and would need assistance to relief them of their congestion.  In a similar light, at times many students find themselves, unable to “breathe”; they have difficulties in many subjects in school.  Peer Power act as tools that open the airways of understanding and we relieve them of the pressure and worry of failure.  As a result of students’ willingness to learn and Peer Power’s eagerness to provide assistance, students are able to excel in areas they never thought they could.