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Experience with disease prompts business owner to organize 5K run
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
June 28, 2012 04:38 PM | 1485 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jump 4 Joey manager Melissa Flournoy, Chris Blair, owner Toni Blair and manager Brandy Gray.
From left, Jump 4 Joey manager Melissa Flournoy, Chris Blair, owner Toni Blair and manager Brandy Gray.
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This past weekend, the owner of Jump 4 Joey, Toni Blair, hosted her inaugural 5K run to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

This year’s event brought out 72 runners.

“I am a Type 1 juvenile diabetic and this 5K is very near and dear to my heart. For the past 26 years that I have had this life threatening disease, I have remained very healthy, unlike the majority of the people who’ve had diabetes for this extended amount of time,” Blair said.

Blair described Jump 4 Joey as the largest indoor inflatable play place in the United States where youth can burn hundreds of calories and have fun at the same time.

She said she established Jump 4 Joey in Hiram in 2007 to help prevent a growing national problem.

“The reason I created and opened Jump 4 Joey is to help in the fight against childhood obesity which can lead to Type 2 diabetes,” said Blair.

The 5K, which was open to everyone, began at the play place’s parking lot on Cleburne Parkway, ran along Sunnyland Drive and the Silver Comet Trail beforing ending back at Jump 4 Joey.

This was a timed race and prizes were given out at the end of the event for the fastest runners.

Medals were given for the top three overall, per age group, and male and female top finishers. Each race participant was given a goodie bag with a race T-shirt and other items, while the winners received prizes such as water bottles, coupons to restaurants and prizes from vendors, Blair said.

Blair said she intends to organize this race again to gain more support for the cause.

“Please mention the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Jump 4 Joey 5K Benefit to your friends and family so we can help find a cure for this disease,” said Blair.
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