Annual Chill in the Hills coming up

Published 8:04 pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Pop on a ski hat, and lace up the tennis shoes for the 11th Annual Chill in the Hills 10K Run, 5K Walk and 1-mile Fun Run.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the Grace Christian Counseling Center, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and is the first race of the New Year on the Mississippi Track Club’s calendar.

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“The race will start at Martin’s at Midtown,” GCCC office manager and member of the Chill in the Hills race committee Anna Sanders said, and continue through the Glenwood Circle neighborhood.

Runners will also travel down Drummond Street around the Vicksburg High School stadium. 

All runners and walkers will finish the race back alongside the restaurant, which is at 1101 Belmont St. Following the run, walk and fun run, prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each age category, and as in past years, winners will receive a chili bowl.

This year the pottery bowls will be made by Vicksburg artist Lisa Grant, Sanders said.

“We will also have door prizes and t-shirts that will be available.”

The event will also feature music by Slap Happy, and snacks will be provided by Waterview Casino and Hotel.

Martin’s at Midtown is also taking orders for King Cakes, Sanders said. Proceeds from the sale of all orders will benefit the counseling center, which is a non-profit organization that provides professional counseling service to all people in the community.

To place King Cake orders, call 601-636-2353.

The cost of the race is $35 and for those who preregister, packet pickup will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Martin’s At Midtown.

“You can also register for the race during this time,” Sanders said, as well as online at

The 1-mile Fun Run will be free for ages 12 and younger.

Sanders said there is also time for anyone who is interested in becoming a sponsor for the race.

“This is the last week for sponsorships,” she said, and sponsorships available include mile markers for $100. Also, logos on the Chill in the Hill t-shirt are available for $250, $500 and $1000.

“Lisa Martin is also handling our “I’m on the route!” yard signs. Those are $10,” Sanders said.

Volunteers are also needed the day of the race, and volunteer coordinator Chaney Carlucci said, “The more the merrier,” adding, “There will always be a place for somebody somewhere to help out.”

Volunteer responsibilities will include helping along the race routes, handing out water at the water stations and clean up.

And for the younger volunteers, Carlucci said, they can help out as cheerleaders closer towards the finish line.

Five service hours will also be available to students who volunteer.

For more information about the race or to volunteer, visit the website at http://www.gracechristiancounselingcenter, or call 601-636-5703.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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