Georgia Game Changers Running Company recently hosted two road races to raise money for two different organizations.
The Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K and Relay in July and the Topo 5K and 10K Trek in August combined to raise thousands of dollars.
“The Red Hot Chili Pepper raised nearly $2,000 for the Thornwell Home for Children, which serves underprivileged children of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, while the Topo Trek raised nearly the same, just over $2,000 for the Richmond Hill High School cross-county teams,” Game Changers CEO and founder Sandra Elliott said.
Lisa Brown, owner of the local Hale Tea Company and supporter of the Thornwell Home, accepted the check from Elliott.
“I have been seeking out additional ways to help the children of Thornwell,” Brown said. “The Red Hot Chili Pepper Race was a new and unique way to not only get the community out to support a great cause and increase awareness about the Thornwell Home, but also a chance to encourage fitness in Richmond Hill.”
The Red Hot Chili Pepper Races, which included a kid’s fun-run relay, will be an annual event, according to Elliott.
“The race turnout and the feedback from the runners was fantastic,” said Elliott.
The Topo Trek races, held at Waterways Township, raised money toward the purchase of needed equipment and participate in high-school competitions throughout the season. Trophies were given for the top three male and female high-school teams that participated.
Levi Sybert, who coaches RHHS’s cross-country and track teams, accepted the post-race check.
Game Changers also has plans to direct and to participate as sponsors of other local races. One of them will be the newly named Captain Matthew Freeman Memorial 5K and 10K races Nov. 16 at Waterways Township to raise money for the Freeman Project’s Sibling Scholarship Fund.
“We plan to continue to be very active in raising awareness not only about getting fit and staying active, but also about various causes that will allow local businesses to work together to make a difference in the community,” Elliott said.