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Early Learning Coalition hosts Race for Readiness 5k

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:41:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The weather is getting cooler, but it's not stopping people from going outside and running for a good cause.

Early Saturday morning, folks in the community geared up for the 5th annual Race for Readiness Mile and 5K.

About 400 people ran, jogged, and walked around Tom Brown Park to raise money for childcare services in Gadsden and Liberty counties, who were severely affected by Hurricane Michael.

The race was organized by The Early Learning Coalition. ELC's community relations manager Morgan Evers said, ELC picked these areas because of there extreme need.

"So many times after a hurricane, people focus on power and housing and the essentials and I think sometimes people forget kids need to be back to normal too, and back in their schools," said Evers. "A lot of the preschools and childcare are not up to functioning, and we want to make sure that we want to get these kids back in their classrooms as fast as possible."

ELC raised about $20,000 before the race, and about $5,000 during the race for a grand total of about $25,000.