Inaugural Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K Announced

July 28th, 2017

Choose901 | Nathan Spencer

Peer Power Foundation has just announced the date for the inaugural Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K. On October 21st, runners will be allowed to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line at the Big River Bridge for the first time.

Both races will start at Tom Lee Park  with the 5K starting at 8 am and the half marathon starting at 8:30 am. Both courses make their way through Downtown Memphis. However, only the runners of the half marathon cross into Arkansas. They will also make their way through the 7-mile Big River Trail located in the flood plains.

Proceeds will benefit the Peer Power Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains students displaying excellence to be able to tutor their peers, encourage active learning, and to value education.

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During my time with the program, I have had the privilege of working with outstanding individuals and future professionals.  From being involved in the program, my whole perspective of involvement and service oriented learning has grown.  The program can be analogous to wearing contact lenses; imagine that your doctor has given you a prescription to wear corrective lenses.  If you only wore one contact lens, your vision would be foggy and unclear.  Before Peer Power came to many schools, the aspirations and mental pictures of the many were bleak, foggy, and dim.  Yet once the fusion of Peer Power and the Memphis City School systems began, the goals and expectations of students became clearer and more focused in the same way as a great pair of contacts.  I am convinced that this program will continuously reach new pinnacles as fresh ideas and different individuals blend.  I am an eye witness to this each time I meet a new scholar and college mentor.