TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- For the second year in a row, Robins Noble Park in Tupelo was packed Saturday morning with runners, walkers and people in general who came out to participate in a number of events designed to celebrate Easter.
Kids and adults take part in a one-mile "Fun Run" which followed the 5K "Resurrection Run" through the streets of Tupelo.
"This is my favorite run, absolutely my favorite," said participant Angelia Churchill. "I bring my family every year. It's a little challenging but it's not the toughest. Everybody should try it."
The runs are part of a number of activities put on by First Baptist Church in Tupelo who call on close to a hundred volunteers to help host the event.
"It gives us the opporunity to reach the community through services that we provide, you know, at different times of the year," said volunteer Jonathan Chaney.
Those who are participating say they know with each step they take, not only are they getting exercise but they're also raising money for something in which they have a strong belief.
"All the proceeds go to missions," said volunteer Tera Lyle. "For those who don't know about Jesus, it gives us an opportunity to spread the word, to spread the gospel, and to tell others who don't know who Jesus is and what he did for us."
"We're out here to raise money for missions," said participant Camille Powell. "First Baptist Church was putting this on, and it's a good way for families to get to be healthy together and promote wellness."
"It feels really good to run in this race especially since it's such a wonderful cause," said participant Amy Warner. "Missions are definitely a wonderful purpose for us to be giving money for this race."
For those who are in a position where they can't run, the events at Resurrection Run are designed to reach out and embrace anyone who is new to the community.
"Even if they don't come to our church, we want them to know that we exist for the community," said Chad Grayson, senior pastor at First Baptist. "We do this every year around Easter and we also have a fall festival where we do a trunk-or-treat here at Robins Field."
They say it can go a long way towards helping someone identify what Easter or other religious holidays are all about.
The Resurrection Run gets its name from the biblical story of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.