The benefit 8K and Mile Walk was held on Oct. 8, a joint effort by 4 A Better Chandler, Inc. and Faith Free Will Baptist Church.
“It was great to have so many people from our community join us to get active and support this great cause,” said Daniel Edwards, Vice President of 4 A Better Chandler, and pastor at Faith Free Will Baptist Church. “From the runners and walkers to the volunteers and Chandler Police and Chandler Volunteer Fire Department, this was a group effort and wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s contribution.”
The event was previously held in conjunction with Chandler Celebration Days, but organizers said there hadn’t been much growth in the past couple of years, presumably because it coincided with training for the Evansville Half-Marathon.
“Faith church was excited to organize this event once again, and partnering with 4 A Better Chandler made it that much better,” said Edwards. “With this partnership and the new later date, we are eager to see how the event will continue to grow.”
This year’s 8K brought a record registration number of 56 participants.
Top overall male and female in the 8K were Aleksey Klenck, Evansville, 31:56; and Elizabeth Morgan, Evansville, 36:52. Andy Carroll of Chandler finished in second place overall with a time of 36:45. The top finisher in the 1 Mile walk was Tina Crider, Chandler, 15:38. More race results can be found here.
“Each year, we hope to put on a well organized event that runners will enjoy and tell their friends about,” said Edwards. “The feedback from runners who have returned year after year has been really great.”
Pairing the high number of registrations with sponsorships from Chandler Kiwanis, UMWA Local #1397, Elliott’s Excavating, Perfection Driveline, Gammon Truck Sales, LNB Community Bank - Chandler Branch, and Moony’s Mehndi, the Chandler 8K was also a successful fundraiser.
4 A Better Chandler has been raising money since June to build the first phase of a new, inclusive playground for children of all ages. The organization has raised almost half of the $50,000 needed to complete Phase I, which includes equipment for children ages 2-5, and a pair of swings for infants and toddlers.