The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County has been selected as a charity partner for the 2019 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day races. The CAA joins other benefiting organizations including Anchorage Children’s Home, Girls Inc., The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, and The Foye Belle Foundation.

The 30A 10K race is a 501c3 event whose mission is to raise funds for local non-profits as well as promote the spirit of healthy living and thankfulness as we come together to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The race event, now in its 8th year, has given more than $350,000 to non-profits directly impacting our community.

This year’s activities are scheduled for Thursday, November 28 in downtown Rosemary Beach with a 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run. The fast & flat, out-and-back course route is designed for running enthusiasts looking for a great race to set a personal record or families that want to start a new, fun tradition on Thanksgiving Day morning. Registration is open at 30A10K.com and a sell-out is expected.

The 30A 10K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier with certification #FL12097EBM and is honored to be the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) state of Florida Championship 10K race for 2019. The race has been rated one of the top 10 Thanksgiving Day races in America by both Southern Living Magazine and Active.com.

“Giving back to our local community is what makes the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races such a special event for us, the race directors, and all our volunteers, participants and sponsors,” said co-race director Amy Stoyles. “We have especially enjoyed partnering with the CAA because of their focus on providing arts and educational experiences for families in our area. The CAA works tirelessly to encourage children in the arts and expand their horizons through so many different kinds of activities and experiences. We strongly believe that the work they do transforms children’s lives and touches their hearts. All you have to do is go to one of the CAA’s events and watch a child’s eyes light up as they dance, sing and paint. It is a pleasure to support an organization that does so much for our area.”

“It is an honor to be selected as a non-profit partner of the 30A 10K, and we are grateful for the support for and attention being given to the arts,” said CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “The 30A 10K is one of our favorite events of the year, and we invite our friends, members and volunteers to either run the race or volunteer at one of the CAA’s water stations. There is a magical feeling of camaraderie that morning, and participating in the race in any way is a memorable way to begin Thanksgiving Day.“ 

Proceeds received from the 30A 10K races will support the CAA’s ‘Art for All’ program. Through the ‘Art For All’ grant program, teachers, students, artists and arts organizations are able to regularly apply for support through a quarterly application process. Since 2007, the ‘Art For All’ program has funded more than 450 grant recipients, impacting 7,500 Walton County students annually helping the CAA to fulfill its mission to support the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education.

To make a tax-deductible donation, become a member, volunteer or learn more about the Cultural Arts Alliance, find them on Facebook, call (850) 622-5970 and visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com.