Community celebrates runners return as Run for the Money concludes | Local News

 Community celebrates runners return as Run for the Money concludes | Local News


The weeklong efforts for those participating in the annual Run for the Money, a 180-mile trek from Tallahassee to the Key Training Center Campus in Lecanto, wrapped up Saturday, July 23, with the Runners Celebration.







Runners celebration

Runners run down Van Nortwick Lane toward the finish line Saturday, July 23, of the Key Training Center’s Run for the Money. Some runners began on July 19 in Tallahassee and ran 180 miles, 34 miles a day, to help raise money for the Center. Other runners ran locally and joined the long distance group for the last mile. After they were welcomed at the finish line, the campus hosted a number of celebratory activities including a dunk tank, food and drink, water slides, bounce houses and face painting.




The community celebrated the runners’ home return with fun, music, food and games. Young and old alike were able to enjoy unlimited inflatables, dunk tank challenge, epic water battles, face painting and a host of activities. 

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The pinnacle of the event, however, was the return of core and community runners cross the finish line.







Runners celebration

Two sets of bronze shoes make the journey with the runners each year during the Key Training Center’s Run for the Money fundraiser. Stephanie Stevens holds Chet Cole’s shoes, and Austin Hooker holds Phil Royal’s shoes. Both Stevens and Hooker began the run in Tallahassee, but finished as community runners. This was their eighth time participating in the event.




To make a financial donation, visit the Key’s website under PayPal or text “Key180” to 71777. On July 23, a donation can also be made from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by calling 352-795-5541, ext. 218.



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