Prattville 5K run benefits Youth Leadership Autauga County program

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PRATTVILLE, Alabama (WSFA) – It all started with the sound of a horn. Over 100 runners took to the streets of Prattville for the Cruising the Creekwalk 5K.

“Racing has kind of struggled since COVID, so we weren’t expecting so many runners,” said Jennifer Barrett, board member for Leadership Autauga. “We are very grateful that the community of Prattville and the surrounding communities came to support this good cause this morning.”

The race started and ended at the Doster Memorial Community Center. It took runners along Autauga Creek and through historic downtown Prattville.

It was 8-year-old JD Graff’s first 5K. He ran alongside his mother while his family cheered him on – colorful signs and everything.

“I have a bunch of medals at home and wanted to win a new one,” Graff said.

About 150 participants made the trip – many doing it with a smile. Runners of all ages were present.

The race was expected to bring in around $ 7,000. This money goes to the Autauga County Youth Leadership program, which helps grade 11 students learn about public service and more.

“These young people have the opportunity to learn every month about things such as non-profit organizations in our community, our state government, our county government, our municipal government, economic development, the military.” , Barrett said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to learn the beginnings of networking and what it means to be a member of the community. “

The board member adds that the Cruising the Creekwalk 5K has been going on since 2009.

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