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Dream Mile brings thousands of participants to JC



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Lindsey Reilly, Kathy Bell and Angela McCain, who all ran the 10K, were ecstatic to receive their Dream Mile T-shirts after completing the race. Julia Potapoff. (click for larger version)

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September 23, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — For the second year, the city of Johns Creek hosted the Dream Mile event.

About 1,800 people came out to support the cause whose mission is to educate people and raise funds for underprivileged children in India.

The 15th annual Dream Mile was held at Shakerag Park on Saturday, Sept. 21.

"I've volunteered for this event before and it's always great to see how many people show up and actually care about the organization's purpose," Nithin Ravikumar, a student at Georgia Tech, said.

Organized by Vibha, the event consisted of a 5K run and walk as well as a 10K run.

There were numerous volunteers on the streets handing out water, motivating runners and walkers, hosting various games for children and at the finish line, offering snacks and congratulations.

The first Dream Mile was held in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech grounds in 1998 and has since become a continuous event, held in several major cities in the U.S., including Los Angeles, Houston and Austin, Texas.

Vooha Vellanki, a student at Northview High School who was in charge of helping people navigate their trails, said the event is making a difference in India.

"Vibha helps fulfill the dreams of people who don't have anything, including building schools for impoverished children in India," Vellanki.

Visit www.thedreammile.org for more information.

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