This year’s Endure the Dirt 5K Cancer Mud Run will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 2335 Highway 63 North, in Stuttgart. Presented by Personal Pep Rally, this race serves as a fundraiser for the organization, with a mission to bring joy to the lives of those impacted by cancer through the nonprofit’s joy mail service. 

 

As a 5K adventure mud run, Endure The Dirt serves as a way for healthy individuals to navigate obstacles throughout the farm ground surrounding Mack’s Prairie Wings. 

 

This year’s event will include several options for participants, from a virtual/sleep-in option to a fun run, mini mudder, 5k walk/run, a competitive timed race and a team run. For more information about these categories or to register, click here.

 

“We are looking forward to this year’s event, and will have four food trucks, a fun zone for smaller children and we will be adding one new obstacle to the course,” Co-Founder and President Misti Coker said, explaining that the fan-favorite obstacles would still be included in this year’s event. 

 

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As this event directly raises funds for Joy Mail, Coker explained Personal Pep Rally also continues to support those affected by cancer in a myriad of ways, including through a scholarship program. 

 

“The Joy Mail program enhances survivorship of cancer patients. It helps them to feel less alone in this journey, and we send out almost 700 packages a month, including deliveries to 100 cities in Arkansas and 42 states,” Coker said. 

 

As of last spring, Personal Pep Rally has awarded 52 scholarships to graduating seniors, all of whom have a personal connection to cancer. Last year was the first year they were able to give scholarships to four people who had survived cancer. 

 

“Cancer does not just impact the patient, but it also impacts everyone surrounding the patient,” Coker said, “We provide services to all who are impacted by cancer, and we meet people where they are in their journey.”

 

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As an effort to help those impacted by cancer feel less isolated, Coker said the most-important thing to know about Personal Pep Rally is that they follow the journeys of all who they support. 

 

“The No. 1 word that patients use to describe their cancer journey is ‘alone.’ We want to make it to where people feel less lonely. So many people are looking for support, and they want to be validated for what they are going through. We have been there from the beginning of cancer journeys to the end of them, and we don’t stop praying for or thinking of the patients we serve,” Coker said. 

 

For more information about Coker, read this earlier article, and to learn more about Personal Pep Rally, visit its website.

 

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