‘Ellie’s 5K For Africa’ Still Going Strong Ten Years Later

‘Ellie’s 5K For Africa’ Still Going Strong Ten Years Later

CREATED May 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 5K run, started ten years ago by a 10-year-old girl, has continued to raise money to fund education in Africa.

Many runners and walkers turned out Saturday morning for the 10th annual "Ellie's Run for Africa 5K.” The race was started by Ellie Ambrose, who was only 10-years-old at the time.

She apparently saw photos of children living in the slums of Africa, and decided she wanted to do something to help and her efforts have paid off.

"Ellie saw a missionary come to church, and she was very inspired,” said John Ambrose, Ellie’s father. “She saw the bones sticking out of their skin. So, she came to my wife, Barbara, and kept asking her, kept asking her 'Let's do something.'"

Over the last 10 years, the race has raised more than $500,000 for several educational ministries in Africa.

The event kicked off at 7:30 a.m. and featured a 5K course through Percy Warner Park, and a one-mile kids’ fun run.

All of the money raised by the event goes to the "New Dawn School" in Kenya.