March 25th, 2017
5:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Old Trace Park, Ridgeland, MS (Map It)
Be sure not to miss the 5th Annual Run Up for Downs on March 25th, 2017, at Old Trace Park as we raise funds to start up The Lily Pad! The Lily Pad will be Central Mississippi’s first cafe that will employ and train individuals with disabilities so that they can learn significant life/career skills, and also gain employment throughout the community. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to get The Lily Pad off the ground so we need your help to spread the word! A portion of proceeds will still go to The Little Light House of Central Mississippi and the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society.
You do NOT have to be a runner, walker, or jogger to attend. The event will be kicked off with a 1 mile fun run, followed by a 3.21 run/walk. There will be live music by two great local bands, an amazing silent auction, jump zones for the kids and new this year, The Up for Downs Food Row, which will feature food from some of your favorite restaurants!
We also have a School & Corporate Challenge where you can sign up for your school or place of business team. The top school in the School Challenge will win a Fundraising night at the Flowood, Brandon and Ridgeland locations of Lost Pizza with a % of proceeds going directly to the winning school.
- 1 Mile Run/Walk : Overall 1st-3rd
- 3.21 Run: Overall M/F, 1st-3rd M/F in the following age divisions: 0-9 | 10-19 | 20-29 | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50-59 | 60-69 | 70-Over
- 3.21 Walk : Overall M/F, Overall 1st-3rd M/F
- Team : Top Overall Team (We will take the top 3 times of each team and use that average time)
Click here to register for the race.
Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following:
- Non-intimidating Environment for New Runners and Walkers
- Chip-timed race for runners and those tracking personal goals
- Award divisions for runners and walkers
- Commemorative T-Shirt
- Race Number, Timing Tag, and Goodie Bag
- Water and/or Sports Drink along the Course
- Water and/or Sports Drink at Finish Line
- Carb-Loaded food for post race for runners/walkers
- Live Entertainment at the Finish Line
- Last but not Least, a Truly Unforgettable Experience
The 5th Annual Run Up for Downs Run/Walk will sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot today! Online registration is open for this event through the evening of March 18th, 2017. Walk up registration will be available at Packet Pick-up and day of the race.
*Registration fees are non-refundable & non-transferable.
Race Weekend details:
Friday, March 24th
- 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. : Packet Pick-Up & Registration
Saturday, March 25th (Old Trace Park) Rain or Shine:)
- 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. : Packet Pick-Up & Registration
- 2:00 p.m. – Silent Auction opens for viewing
- 4:55 p.m. : Pre-Race Prayer
- 5:00 p.m. : 1 Mile Run/Walk Begins
- 5:30 p.m. : 3.21 start for Ainsleys Angels of Mississippi & Wheelchair athletes
- 5:32 p.m. : 3.21 Run/Walk start
- 5:40ish p.m. : 0.0 Race Start/Finish
- 6:45 p.m. : Race Awards
- 7:00-7:15 p.m. : Silent Auction ends (tentative)
- 8:30 p.m. : Lily’s bedtime:)
Proceeds will go to benefit The Lily Pad, a cafe that will employ and train young adults with special needs in every aspect of food and hospitality service. A portion of proceeds will also go to benefit the Central MS Down Syndrome Society and the Little Light House of Central Mississippi.
Rain or Shine:
This event will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. No refunds.
For the safety of all participants, the following are prohibited: bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and all motor-driven vehicles.
Portable toilets, fluid replacement and first aid will be available on the course. Certified medical personnel will be available at the start and finish areas of the race. A visor, sunscreen, lip balm and good shoes will get you safely across the finish line.
Race timing will be provided by SISU Race Timing.
*Please note: All participants must wear their bib in order to have their times recorded. Race Results will be posted shortly after the race.
Spectators and race registrants can park in the Madison Landing Parking Lot and Old Trace Parking Lot.
Rules and Policies
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future events for three years.
You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
Must bring a photo ID to pick up your own race packet and bib at packet-pick up. No one else can pick up your packet for you.
Race numbers are required to participate.
No coaches, handcycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will be allowed on the course.
Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another event.
Proceeds will go to benefit The Lily Pad, a cafe that will employ and train young adults with special needs in every aspect of food and hospitality service. A portion of proceeds will also go to benefit the Central MS Down Syndrome Society and the Little Light House of Central Mississippi. Support the Lily Pad by being a race sponsor/partner. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Want to be a part of the excitement?
We are always looking for volunteers to join us on the big day!
Aside from having a great time, all volunteers will receive a special Run Up for Downs t-shirt! Snacks and beverages will be also provided.
Please fill out the Volunteer form to help!
There will be 1st-3rd awards for male and female for the following age groups participating in the 3.21 RUN: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 & 70-over. For the 3.21 WALK, there will be awards for the top male and female overall, top male and female masters (age 40 and over) and top male and female grand masters (age 50 and over). For the 1 mile Fun Run, there will be awards for the top overall male and female + ribbons for all participants.