In a show of support for Ukraine and the victims impacted by the Russian invasion, a wonderful thing happened here in Peachtree City the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The Peachtree City Running Club, Tri-PTC Triathlon Club, Multisport Performance, and Country Fried Creative joined forces to host a Group Run/Walk at Lake Peachtree.
The inspiration for the event was local resident Yana A. She and her husband Igor are from Kharkiv, Ukraine and live here in Peachtree City with their three daughters. Yana is an avid runner, triathlete, and works at Country Fried Creative as a web developer.
Dressed in the blue and yellow national colors of Ukraine, entire families started showing up at Drake Field around 5:30pm the day of the event. Around 6pm, event organizer Tiffany Woods, with Multisport Performance, called everyone to order and led the group of walkers and runners with an inspirational message and prayer.
Local businessperson Joe Domaleski, owner of Country Fried Creative, spoke to the group about how Yana came to the community and her great work in the community. After a group picture, everyone made their way onto the cart paths waving flags and signs in support of Ukraine.
According to event co-organizer Shelly Collins, President of Peachtree City Running Club, over fifty people showed up for the event to raise awareness and donate over $1,000 via GlobalGiving.org to support the people of Ukraine.