Why is Sisters-In-Motion Memphis sponsoring the Sisters-In-Motion 5K Run/Walk?
After running many races - 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and half marathons - SIM members decided that we too could organize a successful race incorporating all of the things we had learned from past races and adding our own special touch. Thus, a group of SIMs set out to do the research necessary to sponsor a 5K race in Memphis.
As African American women fitness enthusiasts, we wanted to support a health-related cause that impacts us as a group. Infant mortality became that cause. Our city leads the nation in infant deaths with 12.7 deaths per every 1000 births, or 1.9 times the national average. In Shelby County, African American babies die at three times the nationwide infant mortality rate. Within the county, the 38108 and 38127 zip codes, which inspired the name of the race, suffers the most premature infant deaths.
We looked at a number of organizations devoted to reducing infant mortality. Meeting the leadership of the Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) Women's Health Initiatives /Infant Mortality program, located at 2861 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN, and touring the facility convinced us that CCHS provided the services and possessed a strategy that could successfully reduce the rate of infant mortality in Memphis. We were particularly impressed with their holistic approach, which includes prenatal care, education and involvement of both parents in prenatal groups. After careful consideration, we decided to partner with Christ Community Health Services.
All proceeds from the race will benefit the Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) Women's Health Iniatitives/Infant Mortality. Please join us as we help Christ Community address the pressing Infant Mortality crisis in our community.
Channel 3 Live at 9 features Sisters-In-Motion Infant Care
Sisters-In-Motion helps combat infant mortality, by supporting Christ Community Health Services. Live at 9 show on Channel 3 click to read more.
How are we doing it?
Every SIM is mobilized and committed to making sure that our third annual 5K is a success. SIM members are supporting this effort through financial contributions, giving time and effort, securing sponsorships, and, of course, working the race on race day: September 27, 2014 starting at 8:30 am Overton Park, Memphis, TN. As a group of women we are committed to a cause and can accomplish anything!
Sisters-In-Motion Health and FitnessIn 2013 Sisters-In-Motion graced the cover of Health & Fitness September Issues magazine running for a cause (Infant Mortality) Click here to read more: note article on page 26 and flyer on page 43.
Press release September 2013.
How can you help?
As in every race, we need sponsors, volunteers and participants. Please click on the links below for more information about how you can help.
1. Participants: Click HERE
2. Sponsorships: Click HERE
3. Donate Only: Click HERE
All proceeds will benefit Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) Centering Pregnancy. Your sponsorship could help light the candles on one more birthday cake this year.
2014 Race Sponsors
Clyde & Norma Hunt
Colours, The Nail Salon
Hagler, Bruce & Turner PLLC
Glenn & Linda Sessoms
Dean Johnson, DDS
Please contact Linda Sessoms, President at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Race Directors, Tara Alexander at email@example.com, or Girlie Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about the Sisters-In-Motion 5K Run/Walk for infant mortality awareness.