‘One step at a time’

Building Blocks for Africa 5K is labor of love for event coordinators

‘One step at a time’ is a saying that applies to a challenge for better health and a labor of love.

For the Building Blocks for Africa 5K and 1 Mile Block Walk, it was both.

The event benefiting the Alliance for Youth Achievement was held at Alcoa Middle School on Oct. 16.

“My favorite part of the day was standing at the finish to cheer for participants as many of them accomplished their personal goals while helping us achieve ours,” said Katie Logan, race director.

The race included: 205 5K runners and walkers from schools, families and running clubs as well as 50 volunteers and business sponsors. The top fundraiser was Greg Marion who also completed the 5K with a personal best time of 21:14, which placed him second among his age group and fifteenth overall.

“We are tremendously thankful for every sponsor and every participant who joined us October 16,” Logan said. “The Building Blocks for Africa 5K exists to provide hope for Africa’s youth one step at a time. The money raised at this year’s 5K will take AYA one step closer to completing Maximum Impact School in Nairobi, Kenya.”

Logan said the “key” sponsor was Foothills Pediatric group.

Funds raised at the event will support AYA’s efforts, called “Maximum Impact,” to build a school in Nairobi.

The fundraising included a competition among schools, Maryville Intermediate, Fairview Elementary and Mary Blount Elementary. The John Sevier Elementary School Running Club also participated.

Logan said the day was a blessing for all the participants.

“Runners arrived to the Alcoa Middle School parking lot on Oct. 16 in the midst of the most beautiful sunrise. The weather could not have been more perfect for a 5K.”

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