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Building Blocks for Africa 5K

Melissa McMinkel and Edwina Merritt participate in the event that raised $6000 for the AYA project in Nairobi.

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Melissa McMinkel and Edwina Merritt participate in the event that raised $6000 for the AYA project in Nairobi.

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  • DeAndra Fritz, Dalton Fritz and Carrie Stephens take a break at the Building Blocks for Africa 5K and 1 Mile Block Walk. The Oct. 16 event benefited the Alliance for Youth Achievement’s efforts to build a school in Nairobi.
  • Eli Harrison prepares to race at Alcoa Middle School on Oct. 6 where $6000 was raised to build a school in Africa.
  • Edwina Merritt and top fundraiser Greg Marion join 205 5K runners and walkers for the Building Blocks for Africa event.
  • Melissa McMinkel and Edwina Merritt participate in the event that raised $6000 for the AYA project in Nairobi.
  • McKenzie Wilburn and Edwina Merritt hold blocks representing the “Building Blocks” for Africa fundraiser. McKenzie, an 8-year-old runner from Maryville finished in first place in 21 minutes and 16 seconds.
  • Edwina Merritt and Becky Tener support the AYA fundraiser at the 5K run and 1 mile block event. Tener placed forst in her age group.
  • Taylor West and his dad Scott wait to cheer on the 5K finishers. Katie Logan, race director, said many runners exceeded their personal best time.
  • Wyatt Mistak and Larry Johnson prepare for the one-mile walk. Logan said many families came to walk in support of the fundraising efforts.
  • Runners begin the race that not only encourage fitness but also raised money for AYA.
  • Jake Ryan runs his winning race where he placed first in the overall male category. The Greenback native finished the 5K in 17 minutes and 46 seconds.
  • Eli Harrison, a 7-year-old from Maryville, crosses the finish line with Geoff Ham, a second grade teacher at John Sevier Elementary school.

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