Jonah’s Joy: Home for Children had their first 5K run/walk on Oct. 18 at the Cumberland County Community Complex. The morning air was crisp and the sun shone brightly as the participants, ranging from 6 to 79 years of age, ran or walked through the complex and beautiful Obed Park. 

Jonah’s Joy was overjoyed to have the assistance of Mr. Boyd Brown, who did an amazing job of timing the race and ensuring that each participant was counted.  

Donnie Moody and his crew at the complex were more than accommodating and helpful. The day would not have been the success without the sponsors of the event — Curb Appeal, Inc.; Good Samaritan Society of Fairfield Glade, Crossville Counseling Center; Jessica Phillips, CPA; Holly Lee, Attorney at Law; Wheeler Orthodontics; Hale’s Sit and Sleep Center; and Pioneer Realty and Auction.  

Jonah’s Joy: Home for Children’s executive director and the board of directors want to thank the participants, vendors and volunteers for capturing the vision of this event to make it successful and for promoting the overall mission as they all work to help their children.

The team winner was Crossville Counseling Center (Cameron Markham, Apple Elias, Makayla McCarty and Alivia McCarty).

The fastest overall winners were Will Dickerson, 20:43, first place; Cesare Bernardelli, 21:11, second place; and Christopher Barnett, 23:12, third place.

First place medals were given to the fastest male and female in 10-year age categories. 

Ages 0-9 – Male: Andrew Dennis (45:11); female: Apple Elias (37:26)

10-19 – Male: Bryie Cook (25:53); female: Kylie Phillips (31:50) 

20-29 – Male: Will Dickerson (20:43); female: Ashley Morton (25:51)

30-39 – Male: Andrea Bertelli (26:56); female: Leanne Freeman (33:57)

40-49 – Male: David Bell Jr. (29:57); female: Becky Frederick (29:15)

50-59 – Male: Cesare Bernardelli (23:31); female:  Paula Rednour (49:42)

60-69 – Male: Randall Hassler (27:09); female: Evelyn Triplott (42:28)

70 +   – Male: Stephen Khlief (38:50); female: Lois Rouse (48:19)

Due to an unfortunate mishap at the event’s ceremony, Cameron Markham was accidently presented with the first place medal for the female age category of 10-19.  She offered the medal to the true winner, Kylie Phillips, who graciously turned it down. Due to both girls amazing hearts and willingness to do what was right, Kylie Phillips was presented with another first-place medal and Cameron Markham was presented with the Jonah’s Joy: Home for Children “Integrity Award."   

Jonah’s Joy is a non-profit faith-based organization that is preparing a residential treatment home in Cumberland County for abused, neglected and troubled children.  The goal is to create an intensive therapeutic environment that addresses the needs of the children and the family system over an average 9 to 12 month program.  

To learn more about Jonah’s Joy: Home for Children you can “like them” on Facebook or visit their website at www.jonahsjoy.org.