Kindness Matters was the theme for the Ava Lions Club 5K race and one-mile walk event held this year on Saturday, June 22. Participants shown above had just started their walk-run journey, as they departed from the Lutheran Church property, north of Ava, where the race was officially kicked off by Mayor
Burrely Loftin. This is the 10th year for the walk/run fundraiser event.
Bryce Mings, left, was winner in the overall male category, and Gary Emrick, right, male master. Mings and Emrick received camping chairs for placing in the 5K race.
Runners competed by age categories, and medals were awarded for first, second and third place winners.
Participant t-shirts displayed the Kindness Matters and lion theme, shown left. The event raises money for the Sight and Diabetes campaign.
Because June is National Dairy Month, Ed Wittorff with the Dairy Council, brought milk cows and a calf in celebration. He also supplied chocolate milk as a post race refreshment. Adrian Buff offered samples of his locally produced cheeses.