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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Matthew Carney is a graduate of the University of Memphis. He holds a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies. Matt is a US Army veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq. He knows the value of discipline, hardwork and education.

 He began working with Peer Power in 2015 as a Success Coach at Whitehaven High School. Matthew is also a certified instructor at Peer Power ACT University helping students from all over Shelby County prepare for the ACT exam. In 2017, Matthew became the Associate Program Director at Havenview Middle and continues to work in and out of the classroom helping to make the education experience and the future for today's young scholars,,,, ten times better!