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Franklinton to host run benefitting cancer research

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LOUISBURG — Franklinton High School is putting together the Ben Snelling Cancer Classic at Owens Park at Bull Creek on Oct. 12 to raise money for cancer research and aid local victims.

It is a four-race event that will last between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The race kicks off with the Beverly Spivey-Judkins High School Girls 5K. The run honors the former Franklinton assistant track and field coach who passed away of liver cancer in February.

Next will be the Ben Snelling High School Boys 5K. Snelling is an assistant cross country and track coach at Franklinton who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Afterward, there will be a 3K Run/Walk for girls of all ages. Right after that, there will be an open 5K run for everyone to participate.

The cost to enter is $10 per person or $5 for youth ages 12 and under. All of the profits will be donated to the Jimmy V. Foundation, which is one of the top nonprofit organizations that aids in cancer research.

In addition to the races, there will also be a cornhole tournament. There will be awards for the winner. The cost to enter the tournament is $10 per person.

Concessions will be available at the event. Franklin County Parks and Recreation department will also be on-hand helping run the event.

Register and donate online at or call 252-654-2135. High school teams can register on MileSplit. T-Shirts are available at the same website. Orders must be made before Sept. 15.

For more information, email questions at Owens Park is located at 500 Massenburg Baker Road, Louisburg.