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YMCA 4th Annual Chilly 5K Race

While some were regrouping from New Year's Eve festivities, others were starting off the year on the right foot.
JOPLIN, MO.--- While some were regrouping from New Year's Eve festivities, others were starting off the year on the right foot.  Runners started off the New Year on the right foot by participating in the 4th Annual Chilly 5K Race. 

"I ran my first 5K today," said Arianna Pickering, Runner. 

The race consisted of 468 runners, 750 water bottles, and more than 400 bowls of chili. The runners all have different reasons and goals for running the Chilly Race.

"I ran the 5K with my littlest daughter. It's her first actual 5k this year," said Russell Pickering, Runner. 

For some runners, the race was easy and for others, it was a two and a half year goal come true a little early. 

"About 6 month ago, I was to be able to run a 5K with my daughter at some point before she graduated high school. Gave myself two and a half years and been able to do it in 6 months. I didn't finish with her, but I was able to finish the race, so it felt good," said Amanda Sturgell, Runner. 

"It's for our 'Strong Y Strong Community' campaign. Last year, we were able to give over $100,000 in financial aid to youth, to families, and to seniors who might not otherwise afford not just memberships, but also the after school care, youth sports, and things like that," said Lori Jones, YMCA Employee. 

The Chilly 5K Race ended by serving chili and an award ceremony. 

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