PRESS RELEASE

CANTON, GA (Feb. 14, 2024) – Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office raised over $8,600 for local non-profits at the 18th annual Guns and Hoses 5K Run/Walk.

The race was held at Hobgood Park on Feb. 10 and drew 719 participants. The two agencies compete with one another for race registrations. The Hoses team had 448 registrations while the Guns team had 271 registrations, making the Hoses team this year’s winner.

“We have something in Cherokee County that not every community has and that’s great citizen support for our public safety officials,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds. “I want to thank everyone for the continued support and for their participation in this cause.”

The purpose of the race is to raise money for charity causes selected by both groups, Guns and Hoses. Gold level race sponsors included Northside Hospital Cherokee, Chloe’s Auto Repair and Tire, and Renasant Bank.

The Hoses team raised $5,376 for The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, a non-profit home serving young men in the state foster care system and the Guns team raised $3,252 for the Charlie Ferguson Community Center which provides after-school programs, senior activities, events and other functions.

“This event not only provides the fire department with a great opportunity to support Goshen Valley, but it also gives us a chance to fellowship with our brothers and sisters from the Sheriff’s Office,” said Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Eddie Robinson. “Both agencies are proud to work together to provide the outstanding level of public safety that we are fortunate to have in Cherokee County.”

Race winners included Overall Male winner is Austin Brice with a time of 17:39.5 and Overall Female winner Abigail Lawley with a time of 22:25.6.

ABOUT CHEROKEE COUNTY

Located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Cherokee County is part of the 11-county metro-Atlanta area. Cherokee County boasts a population of more than 281,000, according to the July 2022 Census estimates. It is the one of the fastest growing counties in the metro region and its overall Board of Commissioners-controlled tax burden per capita is one of the lowest in the region. Cherokee County has
award-winning parks and recreational facilities, is a destination for corporate headquarters and is a great place to live, work and play. Cherokee County is the best of both worlds because it’s where “Metro Meets the Mountains.” Learn more at cherokeega.com.

Abigail Lawley, pictured above

 

Austin Brice, pictured above

 

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