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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Date & Starting Time:  8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017


Registration:  Early 5K Registration is $15 through August 25, 2017.  Register by the early registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt!  Regular 5K registration is $20 August 26, 2017 through September 8, 2017.  Late 5K registration is $25 on race day. REGISTER EARLY!  Register online at www.bentonumc.org/Tom5K or at Benton United Methodist Church at 4615 Palmetto Road, Benton, LA.  You can also deliver your application and payment to John Rutledge at 1216 Big Pine Key Lane, Benton, LA (deposit it in the mailbox at the side door) or call John at 318/464-7676.


Phantom Runner:  Can’t make it to the race?  Show your support by signing up as a Phantom Runner during early or regular registration. You will get a t-shirt and race packet without breaking a sweat! Pick up before or after the race! (See below)


T-shirts & Race Packet Pick-Up:  Packet pick up will be held at Benton United Methodist Church on Friday, September 8 from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. You may also pick up your packet on Race Day at the race site from 7:15 a.m.-7:45 a.m. or during church office hours after race day (Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM or Friday 8:30 AM-12:00).


Race Course: NEW LOCATION!  The course will start Benton United Methodist Church, 4615 Palmetto Rd., Benton, and take you through the scenic Woodlake South subdivision.


Awards:  Overall Male & Female winners and Male and Female winners in each age group will receive awards.


Age Group Awards:  13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+


Post Party:  Be sure to stay after the race for refreshments and awards!



Special Note:  Strollers, wagons, baby joggers, and any hand pushed or pulled vehicle will be allowed on the course at a walk pace capacity only. Absolutely NO in-line skates, roller skates or runners with baby strollers will be allowed on run course.



Runners and phantom runners, click below to register and pay by check:
(Mail to: John Rutledge, 1216 Big Pine Key Lane, Benton, LA 71006)


Runners and phantom runners, click below to register and pay online:



Why We Walk & Run 

After a brief hiatus, we are excited to host the 3rd Annual Tom Rutledge Memorial Ready, Set, Breathe 5K Run/Walk at Benton United Methodist Church in Benton, Louisiana on September 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  This run will benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and will be held in conjunction with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Inagural PFF Walk in Chicago, IL. 

Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather,  He did not know a stranger and was a friend like no other.  He was a Supervisor for Bossier Parks and Recreation until his death in May of 2012.  Tom was also a dedicated coach for many years and served as a Hunter Education Instructor.  He touched many lives during his life - we still hear many stories about the good Tom did for many in our area.  Tom was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in September of 2011.  He received a double lung transplant (the only life prolonging treatment for IPF victims) in March of 2012.  Tom fought valiantly but succumbed to complications in May of 2012.

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a condition in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff and scarred.  As lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, it is more difficult for the lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream.  As a result, the brain, heart, and other organs do not get the oxygen they need to function properly.  In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis (scarring), but in many cases the cause remains unknown.  When there is no known cause for the development of pulmonary fibrosis, the disease is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

In the United States, IPF affects between 132,000-200,000 people and an estimated 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.  To date, there is no FDA-approved treatment or cure for IPF.  Sadly, an estimated 40,000 people die each year from PF.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to help find a cure for IPF, advocate for the PF community, promote disease awareness, and provide a compassionate environment for patients and their families.  We would like to rekindle our tradition of raising funds to help fight this awful disease so that no other family loses their PawPaw too soon.  In 2014 we, with the help of many generous sponsors and participants, raised over $2,200 for the Foundation. We would love to double that this year.

How you can help:

  1. Register for the race as a walker, runner or phantom runner
  2. Sponsor the race - Contact Brenda LeChien at billiken92@gmail.com
  3. Volunteer to work during the race by contacting Brenda LeChien at billiken92@gmail.com