Junior Achievement big winner with 5K Race to Achieve

From Staff Reports
Posted 11/21/16

Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region has praised the success of this year’s 5K Race to Achieve, an annual fundraiser held recently on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway that was sponsored …

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Junior Achievement big winner with 5K Race to Achieve


Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region has praised the success of this year’s 5K Race to Achieve, an annual fundraiser held recently on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway that was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities.

Participants ran, and walked, in the third annual event to benefit Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship programs, according to Melanie Connatser, president of the local JA affiliate.

“Many from the community came out to support Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region,” Connatser said. “Many competed in the 5K race, while others enjoyed walking.”

Key Advertising Inc. gave away backpacks filled with school supplies — donated from several JA supporters — to all the students who participated in the race.

First Tennessee Bank awarded the top school track team with $250. The proud winners were students from Walker Valley High School. Mike Griffin, community president of First Tennessee Bank, presented coach Drew Nunnelly and his students with the award.

The top adult male runner and overall fastest racer, Tyler Ramage of WVHS, finished with a time of 18:41.58. Bailey Mullett, also of WVHS, the top adult female finisher, crossed the finish line with a time of 22:26.02.

Other top finishers, by age categories, included:

n 10 And Under: Liz Gunter, 43:25.94; and C.T. Gunter, 55:07.00;

n 11-14: Biance Hauser, 27:33.63; and Arthur Jur, 22:38.25;

n 15-19: Ashtyn Frazier, 22:58.45; and Josh Hixon, 19:50.76;

n 20-24: Hannah Beavers, 32:44.21;

n 25-29: Kate Bender, 33:28.97; and Drew Nunnelly, 21:13.95;

n 30-34: Lucy Rymer, 34:20.09; and John Droke, 26:52.72;

n 35-39: Kristy Albright, 28:45.22; and Adam Graves, 30:19.00;

n 40-44: Dana Cornett, 28:05.09; and Jeremy Chastain, 28:54.82;

n 45-50: Kendra Gray, 25:35.54; and Craig Winsor, 19:15.11;

n 50-54: Rasa DeLafosse, 29:18.08; and Zoltan Szabo, 21:11.42;

n 55-59: Jean Wenn Luce, 39:08.65; and

n 60 And Over: Alice Lockerman, 37:16.96; and David Presley, 25:58.69.

“Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region’s 5K Race to Achieve was a great success due to the support from our sponsors including presenting sponsor, Publix Super Markets Charities,” Connatser said.

Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix Super Markets, pointed to the company’s commitment to its home communities.

“Publix Super Markets Charities is proud to support Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region 5K Race to Achieve,” Reid said. “Publix Super Markets Charities’ mission is to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in our community. To that end, we commit to be dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit — helping strengthen it to overcome adversity, determined to offer people hope and a choice for the future, and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by our founder, George W. Jenkins.”

Bethany McCoy, chairman of the JA of the Ocoee Region board of directors, was enthused over the third annual event’s success.

“We had a wonderful showing at this 2016 run and walk,” McCoy stressed. “We are so grateful to everyone that came out and to all of our sponsors for their continued support of the organization. We look forward to partnering with more of our local businesses and our schools to continue promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurial leadership to students in Bradley, Polk, McMinn, Monroe and Meigs counties.”

Connatser said the 5K Race to Achieve was a “great success” also due to Junior Achievement’s Official Sponsor which was Cleveland State Community College.

Many businesses and individuals helped provide T-shirts and other support for the participants, including: Advantage Resourcing, Kellye Bender, Bowater Credit Union, Nancy Casson, Cooper & Cooper Investment Advisor of Raymond James, Cheryl Dunson, East-West Media, Eric Evans State Farm, FarmCredit Mid America, First Tennessee Bank, Gabriel’s Pizza, Girls on the Run, Key Advertising Inc., Logan-Thompson P.C., Manufacturers Chemicals, John Milne, Mix-104.1 WCLE, Peyton’s Southeastern, Physicians Care of Cleveland, Regions Bank, Southern Heritage Bank, Surf’s Up Car Wash, Terra Running Company, Tennova Healthcare, WTNB-TV, Andrew Johnson Bank and Cooke’s Food Store.

“The JA Race to Achieve was a successful, well-organized event for a great cause,” said Brittany Durkin, owner of Terra Running Company. “We were excited to see the Cleveland running community come out to support Junior Achievement! Terra Running Company was honored to be involved.”

Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region provides many opportunities for the community to get involved, Connatser pointed out.

“JA is excited about upcoming events including Voices of Christmas on Dec. 15, and JA’s largest fundraiser this spring, the annual bowl-a-thon,” she added.


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