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Alpharetta hosts 21st Mayor’s Challenge race

2016 even raised more than $150,000 for local charities



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — It’s not every day you get to compete in a 5K race next to the mayor.

But come August 24, runners and walkers will be rubbing elbows with Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle as they compete in the 21st Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K. Belle Isle won the race in 2015.

This year’s event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a free kid’s fun run and a 7 p.m. start time for the 5K. New this year, participants will make their way around City Hall and through the rear park.

Registration fees start at $30, then increase to $35 on July 28 and $40 on August 18.

One of the race organizers, Joe Wargo, said proceeds are distributed to local and international nonprofits focused on helping those in need. Last year’s race raised more than $150,000.

Local charities that benefited directly from the funds included North Fulton Community Charities, Drake House, StandUp for Kids, Homestretch, Lionheart School, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and City of Refuge. The funds also had a global impact on polio eradication, literacy, clean water projects and humanitarian and medical aid.

The race is organized by the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.

“Alpharetta Rotarians are excited to be a part of another great year with the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge,” Alpharetta Rotary President Scott Doll said. “We appreciate the sponsors that have stepped up to support this race, and it is because of them that we can continue to do good works in the community throughout the year.”

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