Walton County Host 2nd Annual 30-A 10K for Local Charities

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family and friends, and give back to those in the community.

"We decided to start this race so families and friends could come out and enjoy themselves,” said Amy Stoyles, one of the Co-Race Directors. “Last year was our first year and we thought we would get 100 to 200 people and we sold out to 800 people. This year, I think we have about 1,600 people registered at this point."

All the money will go to three local charities.

The charities include the Food for Thought Program, Donations for Danny, and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

"It feels awesome that putting into the community has really paid off and everyone here has supported me and I am so grateful and honored that people chose to come here and help me get through this tough time in my life,” said Danny Margagliano, for Donations for Danny.

And the volunteers, both young and old, are proud to have helped with the event.

"I think it is great that everyone woke up at 5:30 in the morning to come out here and support Danny and the other organizations,” said 12-year-old volunteer, Sarah Kate Paine. “It just helps the community, and it shows how great our community really is."

For runners, it is a way to enjoy something they love to do, for a good cause.

"Just because people are willing to put all this work into it and it is just a pleasure and real joy to get to come out here and support the local athletes, the organizations and the businesses,” said Van Kilpatrick, one of the runners.

This is also a qualifying race for the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on the Fourth of July.

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