15th Annual Relic Run 5K at Chucalissa- A Wintry Anniversary!

by Rachael Bogema

It may have been March 2, but spring was definitely not in the air for our 15th Annual Relic Run 5K! This year’s race was our snowiest ever, but that did not deter our loyal race sponsors, volunteers, and runners from coming out to support the Museum. As always, we are humbled, inspired, and energized by the response we receive from our race sponsors and the Memphis community at large. This support is the only way our small staff can pull off such a successful event!


7:30 a.m. It’s cold out there! Graduate Assistant Patricia Harris patiently waits for Administrative Assistant Sam Gibbs to arrive with 30 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts – Yum!

relic run 2

9 a.m. They’re off!

relic run 1

9:15 a.m. Graduate Assistant Mallory Bader running through the snow towards the finish.

relic run 4

10 a.m. Warming up with coffee and company at our awards ceremony

relic run 3

10:30 a.m. Getting excited for the post-race music program, scavenger hunt, and pottery craft….

The registration fees from the Relic Run directly fund youth programming here at Chucalissa- last year we raised enough money to host programming on and off-site for thousands of children in the Memphis area.

As the event coordinator, I may be somewhat biased, but the Relic Run is my favorite event at Chucalissa. The race is small in comparison to other local events, but it brings our visitors together in a big way with smiles, sweat, and doughnuts. The event is not only a chance to show off your athleticism or get some fresh air, but a way to visit our museum, check out the exhibits, participate in educational programming, and help our staff further the museum’s mission.

For more information on the Relic Run and other special events at Chucalissa, check out our website at www.memphis.edu/chucalissa. We hope to see you at the start line next year!

About C.H. Nash Museum

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the Public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.
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