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Mill Chill raises money to fight MS

Update: The Mill Chill has been rescheduled for January 14, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.

The Mill Chill takes place this Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. The event features a four-mile run and a 1.5 Fun Run/Walk. All proceeds of the race go to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and it has raised more than $100,000 to fight MS over its first six years. Last year the race raised $32,000, but they hope to exceed that amount this year.

The event began in 2016, and the race is accompanied by several great fun activities that include live music, three food trucks, and craft beer. 

Matty Begs will perform from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Craft beer from 32 breweries will be available at the After Party including breweries from the Twin Counties like Hopfly, Koi Pond, Bright Penny, and Tarboro Brewing Company along with craft breweries from around the state.

The four-mile race begins at the Rocky Mount Mills and takes runners through Battle Park before reaching the finish line back at the Mills. 700 medals will be given out this year for the four-mile race. The 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk begins at the same place, but participants will turn around in Battle Park.

Adding a twist to the event, runners can select a favorite brewery to represent or they can be placed on random one. This creates a friendly competition between all the participating breweries to determine who is the fastest brewery in North Carolina. Trophies will be awarded to the seven breweries with the fastest times for men and women.

Individual awards are also given to participants separate from the brewery competition.

Around 25 breweries will be bringing canned or bottled beer to enjoy. Bright Penny will have orange soda for kids, and Ceebo, which brews in partnership with Tarboro Brewing Company will have non-alcoholic beverages available.

If you want to honor someone you know who has MS, you can donate $50 to have a customized sign with their name, picture, and a short message to be placed along the course.

While registration for the race is closed, there are still opportunities to volunteer. You can visit to find out more information about the event and sign up to help.

“It is for a good cause, but it is just as much about having something for the community to enjoy,” said Ursula Forrester who helps organize the race.

Even if you don’t participate in the race, you can go watch the race, cheer on your favorite brewery, and enjoy the After Party.

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