LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many knew Jennings Osborne as the man with the dazzling lights--outside his home and each year at Christmas time at Disneyworld. Now the Arkansas community can honor his memory in a special event this weekend.
The Light Up the Night 5K run/1-mile walk will be held at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 10 in downtown Little Rock. The race fee is $25. Runners can register on site from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Rivermarket Pavailion.
Participants will run (or walk) from the River Market to the Capitol and back as they enjoy Christmas lights decorating the course. Participants will be encouraged to wear holiday-themed attire that might also incorporate lights.
Race organizers are also encouraging businesses in the River Market and along the racecourse to decorate their storefronts with holiday decorations and lights.
Proceeds from the event benefit Our House shelter for the working homeless and Little Rock Animal Village.
Breezy Osborne, the only child of Jennings and Mitzi Osborne, said "As many know, my dad shared not only holiday lights with thousands, but also his generosity with random acts of kindness. This event not only allows us to have fun incorporating something special to my dad - Christmas lights - but also touch those in need."
Although most races are not run at night, organizers felt this was the best way to pay tribute to Jennings, known around the country for his love of Christmas light displays. From these light shows that provided holiday cheer to his help for families getting back on their feet after natural disasters, Jennings' giving spirit was experienced first-hand by many Arkansans and others throughout the United States. He personally served his signature BBQ and trimmings, feeding thousands of Arkansans throughout the years.
"This is the first tribute event in honor of Jennings, and Baptist Health is honored and privileged to be the presenting sponsor," said Russell D. Harrington Jr., president and CEO of Baptist Health. "Supporting Breezy and Mitzi in continuing the family tradition of giving to others fits perfectly with our mission at Baptist Health."