Chick-Fil-A 5k benefits great cause

Chick-Fil-A 5k benefits great cause
Paul Appleby and Gene Carter (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Paul Appleby and Gene Carter (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Dressed in tutus and horns, 1,800 competitors walked, ran, and even danced the Wobble as they finished the Chick-Fil-A 5k on Labor Day.

"Run, walk, crawl. Whatever it takes to get you across the finish line," Junior Achievement of Memphis representative Larry Colbert said.

Two of the first runners to cross the finish line at Autozone Park were Paul Appleby and Gene Carter.

"It benefits Chick- Fil-A and Junior Achievement," Appleby said.

Appleby, who has Cerebral Palsy, and Carter have done more than 150 races together, including an ultra marathon--a race longer than 26.2 miles. They said this race has special meaning to them.

"Paul and I are so thankful for our health, for what we get out of life," Carter said. "We kind of want to share it with other people."

The 1,800 runners, like Paul and Gene, helped raise thousands of dollars for Junior Achievement of Memphis, which sends volunteers to local schools.

"Thousands of dollars means thousands of kids are helped." Colbert said.

The organization's goal this school year is to guide 30,000 Memphis students through their economic education program.

"Teaching kids in Memphis they can be successful," Colbert explained.

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