Fourth annual NEGU race set for June 27

The fourth annual Never Ever Give Up 5K will be held on June 27 in Columbiana. (Contributed)

The fourth annual Never Ever Give Up 5K will be held on June 27 in Columbiana. (Contributed)

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – Proceeds from an annual race in Columbiana could cover the cost of installing swings for people with special needs in city parks in Shelby County.

This year’s Never Ever Give Up 5K and 1-mile races will start and end at First Baptist Church of Columbiana on June 27, the morning of Columbiana’s Liberty Day celebration.

“In years past, we fundraise … for special needs kids for medical expenses,” event director Jane McDaniel said. “This year, we decided to raise money for ADA swings for city parks around Shelby County that don’t already have them.”

McDaniel said the swings will cost about $5,300 each for parks in Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana and Montevallo.

“We want something that’s going to last,” she said.

McDaniel said the event was formed in 2012 for Christopher Goodwin, a former Shelby County High School who lost his leg in a car wreck in February 2012.

The 2015 NEGU 5K will start at 7 a.m., and the 1-mile race will follow at 8:15 a.m.

Registration fees for the 5K are $25 until race day and $40 on race day. One-mile fees are $15 until race day and $30 on race day.

T-shirts will be on sale for $18 each, or $30 for two. Color options are mint green and navy blue, and the shirts will be available in adult sizes only.

Awards will follow the race, McDaniel said.

For more information or to register for the race, visit Shelbycountynegu.com or Facebook.com/ShelbyCountyNeguRace.