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Running for a swing: Kiwanis and East Carter Cross Country sponsor 5K

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

The Carter County Kiwanis Club is committed to adding a wheelchair accessible swing to the playground at the new Grayson Sports Park to continue building an inclusive play experience. 

Their latest fundraising event is a 5K run and walk scheduled for this Saturday at the Sports Park. 

Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. and runs through 8:45, with the run kicking off at 9 a.m.

“Have you ever watched a kid at a park just sit and watch other kids enjoy themselves?” Kiwanis member Willis Johnson asked. “Well, we are going to try to change some of that, with your kind help.” 

The swing set is manufactured and will be installed by the same company that manufactures the other playground equipment in the park. This includes the harness strap zipline and the merry-go-round spinning toy that Kiwanis already provided to the park. That toy is constructed in such a way that children with mobility issues can join other children on the ride without any additional accommodations. 

The total cost for the equipment isn’t cheap, though. To add the swing to the mix will cost the Kiwanis club $48,000. 

“We can’t do it alone,” Johnson said. “We need your help,” on August 21 for the 5K and everyday, he said. 

“If you would like to donate to the project, you can stop by City National Bank and donate directly to the project,” he said. He also encourages folks to consider joining Kiwanis to help support their work for area children and to sign up for the 5K in advance. 

You can pick up forms for advance registration from Grayson Sporting Goods. Those who register in advance can also reserve a t-shirt in the size of their choice. 

Cost for the one mile kids Fun Run is $10 per person. Cost for the 5K is $25. Registration on the day of the event will take place at the football field at the Grayson Sports Park. 

For more information, or to pre-register, contact Willis Johnson at (606)255-6359. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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