MHA’s Inaugural “Run to the Latin Beat” 5K




Run to the Latin Beat 2016

The Mississippi Hispanic Association’s inaugural “Run to the Latin Beat” 5K event is anticipated to be a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-aged “fiesta” that all will be sure to enjoy and look forward to for years to come. The event will be held at the Old Trace Park on the Reservoir located in Ridgeland from 8 a.m. to noon in order to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th). There will be live music, dancing, as well as a Zumba class to try out after the race.

Participants are encouraged to walk/run in their most creative costume/outfit representing any Hispanic nationality or U.S.A. nationality. In addition to the individual 5K awards, an award will be a presented to the most original national outfit. We are also excited to announce $100 CASH PRIZE to the 1st place overall male and female 5k run winner. Tons of door prizes will be given away including a $150 CASH PRIZE drawing!

Why does the Mississippi Hispanic Association need your support?

The MHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is publicly supported by its members and interested individuals/companies.  None of the Board members, officers, or administrative personnel receives any monetary compensation for their work and service.  The MHA has been promoting the Hispanic culture for 20 years, and “Run to the Latin Beat” 5K will be MHA’s main fund-raising event for the year.  Proceeds from the run will be used to fund the three programs essential to supporting the Hispanic community:

  • MHA Paco Rosales Scholarship
  • MHA Reading Program
  • MHA Folkloric Dance Group

Additionally, MHA will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Excel Community & Learning Center located in Morton, MS, an exemplary community service program which also aims to help Hispanics.

Race Day Schedule of Events

6:45 – 7:55 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Run/Walk
8:00 – 11 a.m. Kid’s Fun Area
9:00 a.m. Kid’s Fun Run
9:30 a.m. 5K Awards & Door Prizes
10 – 10:30 a.m. Latin Zumba Class
8 – 12 p.m. Latin Music from Cucho And His Amigos


  • Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners in Open, Master’s and Grand Master’s division for 5k run and 5K walk.
  • One award will be given to most original costume/outfit representing any Hispanic nationality or U.S.A. nationality.
  • First, Second, and Third Place will be awarded in the following age groups.

Male & Female 5K walk & 5K run:
13 & under
70 & up

Race timing provided by  Results will be posted HERE

Door Prizes

Many door prizes, including several gift cards from local businesses, $100 CASH PRIZE for the overall 1st place Male and Female 5K run winners, and a $150 CASH PRIZE will be drawn from all race entries after all awards are given. Must be present to win.

Directions & Race Route

Old Trace Park is located in the southwestern corner of the reservoir.

From Interstate 55:
Take I-55 North towards Ridgeland or I-55 South towards Jackson. Take exit 105A for Natchez Trace Parkway. Turn right onto Natchez Trace Parkway. Take the exit toward Madison/Ridgeland/Ross Barnett Reservoir. Turn right onto Old Canton Road. Turn left onto Rice Road. Veer right onto Post Road. Turn right onto Madison Landing Circle.

Click HERE for map of course and parking/registration locations.

Registration Fees

Pre-registration Entry Fee $25
Race Day Entry Fee $30

Pre-registration Fun Run $10
Race Day Fun Run $15

All registration fees are non-refundable.
Make checks payable to the Mississippi Hispanic Association.
Credit cards are accepted on the ONLINE REGISTRATION PAGE
Registration the day of the race is cash and credit card only and there is no guarantee of a t-shirt.
T-shirt included with 5K Run/Walk fee. Fun Run registrants may purchase T-shirt separately.
A separate registration form is required per entry. Click HERE for registration form.

Packet Pick-Up

September 16th 2 to 6 p.m. Fleet Feet
September 17th 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Old Trace Park

Sponsorship Opportunities

MHA still needs sponsors! Our Hispanic community and the general public want to know about your business and what you have to offer. Businesses nationwide aim to expand their market to a flourishing Hispanic populace. No doubt, your assistance will enhance this event; yet, MHA also aims to benefit you by promoting your products and/or services to an untapped market.
Click HERE for a 5K sponsorship packet.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are much appreciated both before and on the day of the race. Volunteer credit can be issued. Please contact April Murawske at
Click HERE for a 5K volunteer registration form.

When is next year’s race?

Run to the Latin Beat will be held annually in the fall on a date closest to September 15th through October 15th that does not conflict with major festivals in the area.

5K Planning Committee & Contact Information


Angela McRae – 5K Director
Esperanza Velásquez – Fundraising Coordinator
Elsa Baughman – Fundraising Coordinator
Karla Velez – Registration Coordinator
Alejandro Banda – Logistics Coordinator
April Murawske – Volunteer Coordinator
Raqui Sappina Verallo – Entertainment Coordinator

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