Popular downtown eatery Cowford Chophouse is set to host its fourth-annual MOO-VE IT 5K run on February 22, 2020.
The restaurant will partner with Jacksonville Arts & Music School (JAMS) for this year’s race. JAMS is a local nonprofit organization that aims to promote creativity and provide arts education to students in grades three through ten in the city’s underserved communities. Funds from the 5K will aide in its ability to provide arts education and leadership training to young Jaxsons in those communities.
“We are so excited to be partnering with the Cowford Chophouse in the 2020 MOO-VE IT 5K,” said Jason Peoples, JAMS’ executive director. “This event provides JAMS with the unique opportunity to further introduce our organization, and more importantly our creative students, to the community. We work with these students every day and continue to be amazed, and we can’t wait to share that with MOO-VE IT 5K runners.”
Since launching its 5K event in 2017, Cowford Chophouse has raised $23,000 to benefit its nonprofit partners, including the North Florida School of Special Education, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, and Justice Coalition. The restaurant, which opened in late 2017, is owned by Jacksonville residents Jacques and Tracy Klempf.
“Jacksonville is a place that I’ve called home for my entire life, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to this community through Cowford [Chophouse],” said Jacques Klempf. “Being that we are owned and operated locally, it is important to us that we support local Jacksonville charities that are making a true difference in our community.”
The Klempfs first learned about JAMS through their “Community Opportunities Welcome” program, wherein they would rent out the eatery’s rooftop event space to local nonprofit organizations.
“Fostering creativity can be life-changing,” Jacques continued. “We are proud to support an organization that is improving the lives of children in Jacksonville’s urban core.”
The 5K begins in front of Cowford Chophouse at 8:00 AM on February 22; a one-mile fun run will also be held, starting at 9:00 AM. A post-race block party will kick off afterward, with music, food, and beer. Medals and race swag bags will be given to all participants.
You can register for the run at https://www.1stplacesports.com/races/MOOVEIT/.