Charitable races in Memphis, TN are vital, healthy and necessary.

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Many Memphis charitable organizations not only depend on but, also survive by funds raised from running events. A loss or slow down of these much needed funds could greatly impair many of these charitable organizations ability to operate. Recently, an entitled Memphis executive, Richard Smith complained to the Memphis City Council his son was late for a football game because of a Memphis running event. https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/government/city/2018/02/06/vote-allows-memphis-citizens-appeal-street-closures-races/313279002/

In reality any number of traffic related events could have been the problem or a simple lack of planning on his part. Regardless, hundreds of valuable charities and thousands of recipients of those charities should not have to endure the undue burden of obtaining licensing and approvals any differently than they have for the last 30 years simply because one child was late for a football game. The event in question was the Book It 5k put on by Church of the Holy Communion to benefit Books from Birth and Emmanuel Episcopal Center, a race that has been in place and used the same course for the last 7 years. Since registration for this type event can start up to a year in advance, allowing residents to "appeal" in as little as 45 days could cripple these charities by causing huge monetary losses, event delays, and possible closure for many critical charitable events. These events are not only run by local companies but, also impact a wide range of local vendors such as water, restaurants, running stores, graphic designers, signage, security, t-shirts, race timing, marketing, portable toilets, insurance, etc. We hope to urge Councilman Headgepeth and the City Council to reconsider their position with this petition. The charities impacted are vital to our area and simply cannot survive without these type fundraising events.



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