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Christmas in July 5K raises $1,000 for Christmas toy drive

Over 30 runners sprinted from the starting point Saturday morning in the first “Christmas in July 5K Race.”

July 29, 2019 – The Christmas In July 5K race contributed $1,000 to the Lions Club “Stuff The Truck” Christmas distribution.

Over 30 people ran in the race Saturday, which started at the Dunlap Chamber of Commerce and went out Cherry Street / Old York Highway East, crossing the Sequatchie River, and then coming back to end at the Crossfit Undone gym on Cherry Street.

Event organizer Paige Narramore collected $745 in entry fees and a truckload of toys and canned food. When she presented the check for that amount to Lions Club President Keith Cartwright, he announced that he and his wife, Nesha, were going to “round up” that amount to $1,000 with their own donation.

James Dykes was first to finish the 5K race, with a time of 20:12.

Sarai Pierce won the prize for best Christmas costume. Judy Layne won the prize for oldest runner.

Ava Reel, 10 years old, won a bicycle for being the youngest girl. John Loyd, 14, also won a bike for being the youngest male, but donated it back to the toy drive.

Narramore noted that the success of the event could be credited to a lot of people who helped.

We want to thank the Dunlap Police Department, the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad, and the individual volunteers that helped the morning of, and the small businesses that donated the prizes that were give away,” she said.

Paige Narramore (left) presented a check for the money collected to Dunlap Lions Club President Keith Cartwright. The Cartwrights then donated enough to raise the total to $1,000.