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Students Venice Thacker, left, and Melisa Gonzalez, right, from the University of Georgia in Athens share their spring break March 8 with Salvadoran children at a house run by Carmelite Sister Ursula Hernandez in Las Delicias, El Salvador. Twenty-eight UGA undergraduate students took part in alternative spring break service trips organized by the UGA Catholic Center.


5K to raise funds for UGA Catholic Center outreach, alternative spring breaks

Published March 18, 2016

ATHENS—The 38th annual 5K Human Race will take place on the streets of Athens on Saturday morning, April 16, with the goal of funding charitable projects of the Franciscan-staffed University of Georgia Catholic Center.

Last year’s race drew over 250 participants and raised over $25,000 for Franciscan Outreach Ministries, which supports many local services that provide food, shelter and health care for people in need. It also funds alternative spring breaks when students devote their spring break time to serve in areas of great need around the country and overseas.

This March 28 undergraduate students served in El Salvador, Cuba, on the Arizona-Mexico border and in Philadelphia, said David Briones, collegiate coordinator at the UGA Catholic Center. These trips are paid for by proceeds from the Catholic Center 5K Human Race.

The center is located at 1344 South Lumpkin St., Athens. The course is run on streets surrounding the center.

The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. The race will take place rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. There are no refunds.

The cost to register by April 9 is $15 for students, $18 for non-students and $60 for a group or family rate for three to six participants. After April 9 the cost will increase to $20 for individuals and $70 for the group or family rate.

Shirts are guaranteed to those who register by April 9. Those registering after that date and on race day are not guaranteed a shirt or size. There will be food and beverages, prizes and giveaways.

The early pickup of packets will be on Friday, April 15, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Catholic Center. On race day, registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m.

Awards of one-of-a-kind pottery from Blue Bell will be given to the overall winner in male and female categories, master’s male and female categories, and the top three runners in each age division. The race is part of the Black Bag Race Series.

Visit and click on online forms and documents to register for the race or visit to register. Contact George and Julie Barkley at for information.