Third annual Black Eyed Pea Run set for Jan. 1

Wanna get off to a healthy start in 2017? Here’s one way to put your money where your mouth is.

Locals Doug and Pauline Allen have organized the third annual Black Eyed Pea New Year’s Run for Sunday, Jan. 1, and they’re seeking runners for the event.

Two runs – a 5k and a 10k – are scheduled along Mud Creek Trail beginning at 10 a.m. at the Allen’s home, located at 3509 Buckingham Drive in Fayetteville. Racers should show up at 9 or 9:30 a.m.

The race is chip-timed, totally free, however, donations will be accepted for the Fayetteville Cross Country program. Registration is available at

Door prizes and other awards will be given at the event, and coffee, hot chocolate, black eyed peas, and cornbread will be provided to racers and attendees.

For more information, check out the Facebook page for the event.