The Abbie DeLoach Foundation will hold an adventure race, 5K, kiddie race, and virtual 5K GSU homecoming weekend in Statesboro. Credit: ADF

The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) is a proud sponsor of the annual True Blue 5K/Abbie’s Adventure Race events held in partnership with Georgia Southern University (GSU) Campus Recreation and Intramurals. 

The events will be held during the school’s homecoming weekend on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, starting at the GSU Recreation Activity Center (RAC), and will lead up to the day’s spirited GSU football game against Ball State University. 

“Let the races begin,” said Jimmy DeLoach Jr., Abbie’s dad and ADF president and founder, who will kick off the races. “This is a great way for current students, alumni, parents and supporters of Georgia Southern to spend quality, healthy time together while also honoring my late daughter, Abbie, who was full of school spirit, was competitive and enjoyed doing good works.” 

GSU President Dr. Kyle Marrero and Abbie’s dad, Jimmy DeLoach Jr. at the 2021 races (Photo Courtesy ADF)

Participants can register online until Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. In-person registration is available before the race on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the RAC. Abbie’s Adventure Race is limited to 20 pairs (40 people), so partner up and sign up soon. Registration costs between $25 and $40, depending on when you sign up and whether you are a student, a faculty/admin/alumni of GSU, or a member of the community. 

The Kiddie Run is free for children. 

The True Blue 5K race is also available as a virtual run for $25 per participant. T-shirts will be available to the first 300 registered participants. 

Four ways to participate: 

  • Abbie’s Adventure Race (7:30 a.m.): This is a fun spin on the typical 5K race. It consists of a 5K course with various mental and physical challenges spread throughout (plan for mud and water). Walk or run, this race is for anyone looking for a unique and exciting way to participate.
  • True Blue 5K Run/Walk (8 a.m.): Show your Georgia Southern True Blue pride with a walk or run. This race is for anyone looking for a fun trek through the beautiful GSU Statesboro campus. 
  • Kiddie Run (at 8:45 a.m.): This is a quarter-mile trek just for kids.
  • Virtual 5K: True Blue pride spreads from Georgia to California and beyond (there was a participant last year in Japan). Registration is open for the second year for all eagles — and those who support eagles — if they cannot participate in Statesboro. 

In addition to celebrating Abbie’s love of taking part in homecoming activities and doing fun things with friends, the event gives ADF the opportunity to give back. This year’s Abbie DeLoach Foundation Contest will donate $1,000 to a GSU student organization, or the charity of its choice, that registers the largest number of participants.   

Homecoming points can also be earned by having at least five participants, but must be registered by Sept. 22 by 5 p.m. 

Register at http://cri.gs/trueblue. 

About the Abbie DeLoach Foundation

Abbie DeLoach, right, with her sister and father (Photo Courtesy ADF)

The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) is named for Savannah, Georgia, native Abbie DeLoach, who was one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students tragically killed in a tractor-trailer collision on April 22, 2015. ADF was founded by Abbie’s father, Jimmy DeLoach Jr., in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. ADF has proudly presented over $1.25 million in scholarships reflecting the qualities that exemplified her life — a love of nursing, education, athleticism and world missions. 

ADF has awarded nearly 70 scholarships to student-athletes, nursing and kinesiology students, student service programs and for outreach abroad. In addition, ADF has built an international home for women in Abbie’s name, with $90,000 invested to stop the exploitation of women. The mission of the foundation is to continue Abbie’s legacy of selfless service to others, generosity, academic and athletic achievement, and compassion for all. It is headquartered in Savannah. 

For more information, visit www.abbiedeloachfoundation.com.