The Market at Rutland Farms | Elf 5-K & 1 Mile Fun Run
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Elf 5-K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, December 9th, 2017  




Please join us for our third annual Elf 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run! It is our hope to make a difference within our community by hosting a 5-k & 1 mile fun run fundraiser each year. This year’s event will raise money to benefit not an organization but a family near and dear to our hearts as well as the hearts of many in the Tifton community, The Tom Conner Family. Many people who know Tom, his wife, Tift County High School girls head basketball coach, Julie Rutland Conner and their children, Callie (9th Grade) and Tye (10th Grade) are aware of Tom’s courageous ongoing battle with stage 4 liver cancer. Cancer treatment is an exhaustive process physically, emotionally, and financially. It is our hope that, with support from our amazing community partners like you, we can all be a helping hand to them during this tremendous fight.

We want everyone to have fun while giving back so once again we will have a Christmas or Elf Themed costume contest! Dressing up is not a requirement to run but we believe that running is more fun when you look fun so we do encourage participation.


Race Information:

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Event/Time: 5-K- 9:00 a.m.
Event/Time: 1 Mile Fun Run- 10:00 a.m.


Registration Fee (Prior to December 3rd):
Adults: $35.00 (includes elf hat & long sleeved race t-shirt)
Children (12 & under): $20.00 (includes elf hat & medal)
Group Registration (3 or more in group): $30.00 (includes elf hat & long sleeved race t-shirt)
Just Let Me Run: $15.00 (Does not include elf hat or t-shirt)


Late Registration Fee (After December 3rd):
Adults: $40.00 (includes elf hat & long sleeved race t-shirt)
Children (12 & under): $30.00 (includes elf hat & medal)
Just Let Me Run: $15.00 (Does not include elf hat or t-shirt)

*This is a trail run and strollers are welcome but jogging strollers are encouraged due to the terrain.


Early Packet Pick-Up & Post Registration:

Friday, December 8th at The Market at Rutland Farms, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Awards: (Medals awarded to top 3 finishers in each age division) 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 &


Amenities: Custom designed Long Sleeved Race T-shirts guaranteed (adult sizes only) to pre-registrants; post registrants while supplies

last. Elf Hats.


More information about the beneficiary:

We would like to formally introduce you to the Tom Conner family. Julie Rutland Conner is a native of Tift County. She is the daughter of Johnny and Frieda Rutland. Tom is from Lebell, Florida. Tom and Julie Conner are college sweehearts who met while they each played basketball respectively for Georgia College and State University. Julie faced her first battle with cancer at the young age of 28 and was thankfully successful in beating this horrific disease. They went on to have their first born, a son, Tye and then just a few short years later they welcomed their daughter, Callie. Several years passed, with both Tom and Julie serving in multiple rolls in a professional capacity as well as being highly active in their church, First Baptist Church of Tifton. Tom worked in I.T. and Julie became a basketball coach first at ABAC and later taking the helm of the girl’s basketball program at Tift County High School investing herself in countless young women who crossed her path. Not long after she accepted her position, Tom was diagnosed with colon cancer which he overcame only to recieve the news that Julie had been diagnosed malignant melonoma.  Julie’s melanoma was not an easy fight given that the doctor’s couldn’t locate the source point. After several surgeries, rounds of chemotherapy and countless trips to Houston to M.D. Anderson, a premier cancer research facility, Julie once again beat cancer. Sadly a matter of months later, Tom went for a check up and was given the news that his cancer had returned and this time it was inoperable, stage 4 liver cancer. Since that time, Tom has been in several clinical trials in hopes that the tumor will become operable and he can overcome this disease once more. During his ongoing battle with cancer, Tom has continued to work full time even while receiving chemotherapy treatments as many as 3 times per week. Tom, Julie and their children mean so much to our community and have given so much of themselves. It is our hope that we can give something back to them during this courageous battle.