March 31, 2015

2015 Run for the River
in the Record Books

Despite early morning rain, and chilly breezes, the 10th Run for the River came off like a champ…thanks to determined runners and hearty volunteers.

The fastest 8K male runner was Hillary Too of Chapel Hill who ran the 4.97 mile course in 24:12. The speediest female competitor was Zipporah Chebet also from Chapel Hill who ran the course in 28:54.

The 5K top male and female runners were Mason Zeagler of Deep Run who ran the race in 17:26; and the top female runner was Kellie Davis of Raleigh who did the course in 20:53.

Hillary Too of Chapel Hill receives his trophy bowl for being the fastest 8K runner in the 2015 Run for the River. His prize was presented by Mayor Pro Tem Joe Tyson and Morgan Sutton, Miss Kinston.


Zipporah Chebet of Chapel Hill receives her trophy as fastest 8K runner in the female division during award ceremonies at the conclusion of the 2015 Run for the River. Presenting the prize is Mayor Pro Tem Joe Tyson and Morgan Sutton, Miss Kinston.


Deep Run's Mason Zeagler, 18, won the 5K race with a time of 17:26. Shown here sharing a victory hug with young friend.


Kellie Davis of Raleigh receives her first place trophy in the female division of the 5K race. The prize was presented by Mayor Pro Tem Joe Tyson and Miss Kinston Morgan Sutton

As in the past, the race attracted athletes close to home and miles away:

The top six male and female runners in the 8k race arrived from Chapel Hill, Cary, Roanoke Rapids, Greenville and just down the street in Kinston. The fastest six 5K runners clocked in from Deep Run, Raleigh, Williamsburg, VA, Greenville and close by in Kinston.

And the One Mile Fun Run winner 10-year-old Killen Harper of Kinston repeated her 2014 winning ways, whizzing through the course this year in 8:37.


Killen Harper, 10, repeated her 2014 victory when she won the 2015 One Mile Fun Run clearing the course at 8:37.

Pride of Kinston, which founded Run for the River in 2006 as one way to attract neighbors and visitors to the downtown, has expressed thanks to 100+ volunteers; to the City of Kinston, especially Parks and Recreation, and Public Safety; to Pride’s Outdoor Events Team which actually produces the race; and to the little bank for lending financial support and leadership in the form of Jeremy Jones who chairs the team.

The 2015 race earned the support of 40 corporate and individual donors, including the Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority.

The full list of runners, their categories and their times can be found here.


APRIL 15, 2015

To take your mind off taxes, plan on taking a leisurely stroll through downtown Kinston in the afternoon of filing day…

Four organizations have teamed up to create a special Beer and Art Stroll 4:30 – 7:30 pm to take your mind off Uncle Sam and to embrace good feelings and good art.

Unique and original art work will be displayed and for sale at four different art locations:

  • Buy Local Gallery at 115 W. North Street
  • Community Council for the Arts 400 N. Queen Street
  • The Overland Gallery at 125 W. Blount Street
  • The Queen Street Deli at 117 S. Queen Street

For more details call 252-686-8007


Kinston Teens, Inc., organization founded by Kinston high school student Chris Suggs, has created an Adopt a Street project and will join with Pride of Kinston on April 25th when it rolls out its annual Downtown Clean Up Day.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at Pearson Park at 9:00 am for briefing and assignments.

The Clean Up day, held the weekend prior to the Chamber’s Festival on the Neuse to help make Kinston sparkle for all the visitors, relies on volunteers to pick up trash. The event makes the point that a clean and attractive city is good for aesthetics as well as for economics.

The focus of the April 25th, 2015 campaign will encompass the 27 blocks which make up the municipal service district plus and adopted streets in downtown, Mitchelltown and Martin Luther King corridors.

Streets adopted by Kinston Teens and clean up areas designated by Pride will be announced at the 9:00 am kick off in the park. Lunch will be provided in the park at 12:00 pm for participants in the Clean Up day activities.

Call 252-522-8003 for more information and to volunteer.

Enticing new investors

317 - 321 N. Queen StreetPride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
127 N. Queen Street
215 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street
106 W. Gordon Street


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