Zachary Little Memorial Bike Ride and 5K this weekend at Longleaf Trace


The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is asking the public to join the Little Family of Sumrall on Saturday, September 10th at 8AM for the “Zachary Little Memorial Bike Ride. The event is taking place at the Longleaf Trace in Sumrall, MS, with registration beginning at 7AM.

Zachary Little was just 11 years old when he passed away, due to a type of brain cancer that affects children called Medulloblastoma. Mary Ann and Edward Little, Zachary’s parents, along with his brothers Ryan and Chase, wanted to honor Zachary’s memory by establishing the “Zachary Little Memorial Fund” through The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. Funds raised through Saturday’s bike ride will benefit four organizations that helped Little during his fight with cancer including:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, the Catch a Dream Foundation, and Sumrall High School (to benefit a scholarship program).

“The upcoming bike ride is a way for our family to give back to everything Zach loved,” said Mary Ann Little. “He was an incredibly brave, smart and fun boy.”

The entry fee for the fundraiser is $25.00 and participants will receive a t-shirt. Riders will have the option of taking a 13, 28 or 50-mile trip from Sumrall Station to various points on the Trace and back. The 5K run will begin at the Sumrall Station.  Registration forms are available on the Longleaf Trace’s website at, or they may be picked up at The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. All checks for the “Zachary Little Memorial Bike Ride” should be payable to The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation, with the “Zachary Little Memorial Fund” noted on the memo line.

“We are honored to help this family remember their precious son via the Zachary Little Memorial Fund,” said Theresa Erickson, Executive Director of the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. “This fund is one of more than 150 funds we manage.”

For more information about the “Zachary Little Memorial Bike Ride” and the “Zachary Little Memorial Fund,” please contact The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation at 601.583.6180, or visit

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