Community leader and businessman Morgan Hazel is offering his support to MAC Inc., serving as the honorary chairman for MAC’s 18th annual St. Paddy’s Day 5k Run/2-Mile Walk, set for Saturday, March. 18.
“MAC definitely serves an important purpose in the community, with Meals on Wheels, supplying nutrition to older adults who can’t always get out to buy the food they need,” Hazel said.
While Hazel called Meals on Wheels the agency’s most visible community effort, he also cited the importance of the Alzheime
r’s and respite services, and the many educational programs MAC offers.
“(MAC) is a great resource for the senior community,” he said.
Hazel recently opened Fixer Upper Fitness on Riverside Drive in Salisbury, a personal training-only facility, which he co-owns with son-in-law Zachary Jones. Both are certified health fitness specialists.
Hazel is also well known in the community, having served as president of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Salisbury, operated as a family business until 2004.
Hazel is planning to participate in the 5K, which begins at the Salisbury Elks Lodge. The scenic course will wind through the Salisbury zoo and park.
Check in and late registration will begin at 2 p.m.; the run/walk will step off at 3 p.m. The cost is $25 for walkers; $25 for runners in advance and $35 the day of the race. The first 200 registrants are guaranteed an event T-shirt.
Overall awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers; awards also will be presented to the top three finishers in the various age divisions. New this year will be prizes awarded to the top three walkers.
An awards party following the race is free to participants; guests can attend the after-party for $5, $15 for families of three or more, and children under age 5 will be admitted free. The party will feature food, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and auction.
The theme of the run/walk is “Racing For a Reason.” All proceeds will support MAC Incorporated programs and services for family members, caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
MAC is a member agency of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.