This year's 30A 10K was a huge event, raising roughly $90,000 for local non-profits.

The organizers founded the race when they realized no other event in the area occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. During their first year they only expected a few hundred runners, but 800 registered. This year, more than 3,000 people participated in the Fun Run, 5K, and 10K.

“A Thanksgiving event is so much fun because it’s a great way to celebrate our local community,” said Alison McDowell, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance director. “The funding we receive from the 30A 10K supports our education programs, inspiring the next generation to be water stewards.”

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance received $20,000 of the proceeds, with an additional $70,000 going to the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the Seaside Rep Theatre, the Bay Education Foundation, and Sandcastle Kids for a total of $90,000. Each organization donated volunteer hours to help the event run smoothly.

“We are thrilled to have had another successful year by selling out all three races this past Thanksgiving Day and are delighted and proud to be able to donate to support local needs in our community,” said Karen Meadows, one of the event organizers.

The 30A 10K is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the community by producing a world-class 10K and related events that raise money to benefit local charities while promoting health and fitness. Race results can be seen at 30a10k.com.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a non-profit organization striving to enhance swimmable, fishable waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research. For over 20 years, CBA has promoted water stewardship within the Choctawhatchee watershed, growing the network of supporters who join in CBA’s mission to provide a future for these precious, natural resources.