East Walker Chamber 5k Run a success
East Walker Chamber board member Kristie Tuggle was the driving force behind the East Walker Chamber 5K run.
This year was the most successful yet in the five-year history of the 3.1-mile run.
A total of 87 runners gathered at Dora Park before sunrise on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Both Corner Jr. High Cross Country team and the Dora High School track team got behind the event, each supplying over 25 runners to compete.
Logan Justice, a 14 year-old runner turned in the best time at 20 minutes and 18 seconds. The last walker finished a little behind but still held a good pace, according to Melissa Justice, one of the Run organizers.
“We appreciated both our runners and walkers and those that did a little of both. Remember no matter how they got there they still completed 3.1 miles,” said Justice. “That is a great start to any day.”
Not only did this event raise the largest amount of money for any run to day, it also brought local businesses together in support.
“We appreciate the great sponsors and supporters who supplied door prizes, and goodies for the bags,” she said.
From our great sponsors that go on the back of the shirts, to our door prizes, and our goodies for the bags, all of these came together greatly and shows that we have great business support for the community.
Kristie Tuggle was excited how the success of the 5K run. She’s already challenging chamber board members to become more involved next year to take the run to the next level.
This is a worthy project because Walker County is one of the unhealthiest counties in the nation.
Remember that to complete a 5 k all one has to do is to start. I hope we can encouragement more of our members to take the challenge. Walker County is one of the unhealthiest counties in the nation, lets help change that by encouraging people. Being able to run a 5K in 20:18 is not a requirement, being determined to finish is.