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Open Door Classic 5K raises money to help the Chattahoochee Valley

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Saturday morning marked the 29th annual Open Door Classic Walk and 5K which helps raise money to empower the impoverished community from Columbus and around the Chattahoochee Valley.  

Open Door has been helping the impoverished community in the Valley for over 80 years now.  

At last year's event there were nearly 600 hundred walkers and runners that helped raise $120,000. This year's event had over 400 walkers and runners and raised nearly $100,000. Hundreds of volunteers from Publix combined with the people from Open Door gathered at Woodruff Park at 5:45 a.m. to begin preparation for the walk and run.    

Before the run began people gathered for photo opportunities with the Columbus Cottonmouth's mascot Boomer, along with the Chick-fil-A cow who provided everyone with free chicken biscuits.  The 5K kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with the first finisher coming in with a time of just over 17 minutes.  

There were prizes for all different age groups and even prizes for those participating in the walk like most spirited, those who raised the most money, etc.  

It was a beautiful day for a walk and hundreds of people gathered to help give back to their community.  

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