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TEXARKANA, Texas -- Members of the Texas A&M University-Texarkana community have come together to organize a virtual 5K to support the university's Eagle Pantry program.

The Eagle Pantry provides non-perishable and personal hygiene supplies to students in need. It's available to any A&M-Texarkana student, according to an emailed announcement from Dr. Drew Morton, associate professor of mass communication at A&M-Texarkana.

Morton, HollyAnn Jones, Michael Stephenson, Celeste McNiel and A&M-Texarkana alumni Addison Hauser and Keith Beason have organized this virtual 5k. The designated race day is March 27, but participants can run, walk, swim or bike whenever they wish prior to that date. Anyone participating must register so proceeds benefit Eagle Pantry.

The registration fee is $20 per adult or a separate registration for students (A&M-Texarkana, local colleges and K-12) of $10 per registrant.

Participants can email pictures of their training or their run by sending them to [email protected] They will be added to the race page for all participants to see. Prizes will be given, too. Anyone who participates or donates will be eligible to win following the end of registration.

Prizes include a $50 Heat It Up gift card, $20 Gusano's Chicago-Style Pizzeria gift cards and dinner-for-two vouchers from TaMolly's Mexican Kitchen.

Additional information on registering for the event is available at the race website ( and the Facebook event page (

- From Staff Reports

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