Leap 4 The Lily Pad

*ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED! We will have in-person registration Friday, April 14 at The Lily Pad (111 N Wheatley Str, Ridgeland, MS 39157) from 10:30 am to 6 pm AND the day of the event, April 15, at the green space infront of Methodist Rehab in Ridgeland (102 S Perkins St, Ridgeland, MS 39157) from 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm. 

We hope you will join us to support disability awareness + raise funds for operating costs for The Lily Pad Cafe by participating in the 11th Annual Leap 4 The Lily Pad (formerly Run Up for Downs) on April 15, 2023 at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center Green Space in Ridgeland, MS!

ALL proceeds will go towards operational costs of The Lily Pad Cafe. The Lily Pad will employ & train young adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities to equip these men & women with the tools necessary to obtain employment by local businesses so that they can not only achieve their full potential, but display to the community their abundant talents and abilities. With YOUR help, we have been able to raise over $600,000 for The Lily Pad!

The 11th Annual Leap 4 The Lily Pad will kick off at the green space in front of Methodist Rehab in Ridgeland, MS with a fun run, a 5K run/walk, and a 0.0 race. Enjoy live music featuring Mike Rob and The 601 Band sponsored by First South Farm Credit. Our Pepsi Food Tent is shaping up to one of our best featuring drinks courtesy of Brown Bottling Group + food from Primos Cafe, Slim Chickens, Angelo's BBQ Pizza and Italian, McB's Bar & Grill, Wholly Smokes Cooking Company, Super Shakes, Lost Pizza Co. Ridgeland, The Prickly Hippie, Mudbugs 047, Froghead Grill, Chillin on the Rez, Kristos Amerigreek, Holmes Community College Culinary Arts, Chicken Salad Chick, Bop's Frozen Custard of Flowood, AOK Food and Fitness and The Bean Parlor!! There will also be a kid zone + much more!

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at our event, please click here.

*This is a Rain or Shine event. If there is inclement weather, we will move all food vendors into the First Ridgeland Baptist Church activity center next door and have everyone grab their food to-go. 


Event Schedule:

April 14, Friday (at The Lily Pad):

  • 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Packet Pick-up and Registration

April 15, Saturday (at the green space infront of Methodist Rehab in Ridgeland)

  • 2:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Packet Pick-up and Registratioin
  • 5:30 p.m. - Fun Run
  • 6:00 p.m. - 5K Start, 0.0 Start/finish, Food Tent Opens, Music begins

Race Routes

Where to Park on Saturday, April 15: