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Running for kids: Kiwanis holds 5K

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 The Carter County Kiwanis Club’s first annual 5K event brought more than 50 runners and walkers to Grayson’s Sports Park this weekend. Organizer Willis Johnson said they weren’t sure exactly how much money they had raised on the morning of the event – the 51 adult runners paid $25 each to participate in the event – but the Kiwanis Club has a goal of raising $48,000 to purchase a swing set for the sports park’s playground.

The swing set is designed and built by the same folks who built the existing playground equipment. While it’s pricey, it is wheelchair accessible and allows children of all mobility levels to play together on the same equipment. 

Johnson thanked everyone involved in the event, from the runners to the volunteers. He told participants the Kiwanis look forward to making this a reoccurring annual event and that he already has some ideas for improving the course next year. 

The event organizer, who used to coach cross-country, also asked the runners to reach out to him with any feedback on how they can improve the course next year. 

“I think we can make this a really fast course,” Johnson said. 

Riley Brown turned in the fastest time overall for female runners, and A.J. Barker came in first in the men’s field. 

Others placing in the event for their age groups included Gavin Brock, Tyler Rupert, Joe Alcorn, Coach Michael Short (Rowan County), Autumn Egleston, and Ryann Brown. Top finishers in each class received medals and trophies. A full list of finishers and their times was not available at press time. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com



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