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30A 10K and One-Mile Fun Run Calls for Charity Applications

June 4, 2015 by SoWal Staff

The Fourth Annual 30A 10k and One Mile Fun Run, the official RRCA State 10K Championship Race, calls for charities and non-profits to apply for funding by June 10, 2015. This family-friendly non-profit event takes place every Thanksgiving weekend in Rosemary Beach. All proceeds from the three-days of festivities are given to 501c3 charities. Applicants should apply online by June 10 at 30A10k.com.
 
The 30A 10K is one of the largest running races in South Walton with an estimated 6,000 participants, vendors and volunteers joining together in three days of events throughout the community.  
 
This three-day event begins Tuesday, Nov. 24 with “Breakfast with Lucky, the 30A 10K Turkey” at Watercolor Inn’s Fish out of Water restaurant. On Wednesday, families and the public are invited to join in a fall celebration with games, music and food at the 30A 10K Fall Festival and race packet pick up at Watersound Origins. The three days of activities concludes with a fantastic Thanksgiving Day run from Rosemary Beach down highway 30A and back.
 
For the second year in a row, the 30A 10K has been awarded one of the highest honors for a road race. The Road Runners Club of America, the nation’s oldest and largest running club, has designated the 30A 10K to be the Florida State Championship 10K race. This means that whomever wins the race overall and in certain age categories will be crowed the Florida State Championship 10K winner and will receive a one-of-a-kind RRCA medal. 
 
Race Director Karen Meadows has been thrilled with how fast the event has grown and become recognized as a signature event in the 30A community.   

“It’s such a thrill to hear the gun go off at the start and see everyone excited to be burning off some calories before enjoying their Thanksgiving Day meals all the while knowing that they are supporting local charities and giving back to their community which is what Thanksgiving Day is all about.”

 
To qualify, 501c3 charities must provide a minimum of 20 volunteers during the three days of race activities scheduled for November 24-27, 2015.  Interested charities must also play an integral part in the 30A 10K and One Mile Fun Run by integrating it into their marketing plan and social media platforms prior to and during the race. Additional guidelines and rules can be found online 30a10k.com.
 
Charities are chosen based on their mission to support family and children’s health and well being; their proximity to South Walton; their current lack of funding and limitation of future funding sources; and their ability to fulfill the guidelines as a beneficiary of the 30A 10K.
 
Past recipients include the Lighthouse Family Retreat, Food For Thought, Donations 4 Danny, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Shelter House
 
The 30A 10K board of directors will review applications and announce the selected recipients by June 24, 2015.  The chosen organizations to benefit from the 30A 10K funds will further receive logo and name recognition on all 30A 10K marketing efforts, website link and Facebook posts, in addition to permission to use the 30A 10K name and logo on their own marketing collateral.  A booth will be provided for the charity at packet pick-up.
 
30A 10K’s sponsors to date include 30A.com, Visit South Walton, St. Joe Club and Resorts, Ocean Reef Resorts and The Merchants of Rosemary Beach.
 
The 30A 10K is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the community by producing a fun and safe race and related fun events that raise funds for local charities while promoting health and fitness. In the last three years the race has raised more than $100,000 for area charities.

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