Three Gwinnett County public schools recently became the recipients of funds from an annual event with an out-of-this world theme.
Vulcan Materials Company’s Quarry Crusher Run Atlanta 2019 raised $45,698 during the May 4 event at its quarry in Norcross.
The company started the Quarry Crusher Run Series in 2012 in Columbia, S.C. as a 3.7 mile race taking runners on a steep course to the granite quarry’s floor and back up to the finish line. In 2016, the Quarry Crusher Run expanded to Vulcan quarries in other cities. Vulcan Materials Company now hosts eight events in seven states, each race benefiting a local community partner.
Since the Atlanta event took place on “Star Wars Day” (May the Fourth), participants were encouraged to come as their favorite heroes or villains from the franchise.
Vulcan Materials Company, the nation’s largest producer of construction materials such as asphalt and ready-mixed concrete, presented proceeds from the run in August at the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting. Recipients included Meadowcreek Elementary School, Radloff Middle School and Meadowcreek High School.
The company also presented funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
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“This year’s race was a record year for the Atlanta Quarry Crusher Run held at Vulcan's Norcross Quarry. Even with 30 other races on the same day, we broke all the records from the previous years, with participants from 14 states, an increased number of runners over the prior year and most importantly, more than $45,000 raised for our beneficiaries,” said Carol Landrum, Manager of Community and Government Relations with Vulcan Materials Company, Southeast Division.
"Education is an important thrust of Vulcan’s commitment to the communities in which we operate. Hosting the Quarry Crusher Run series allows us to share the Vulcan story with our communities. We are very proud to showcase the Norcross Quarry as well as the 52 employees who work there."
Every Quarry Crusher Run in the national series has a community partner, with Vulcan Materials donating race proceeds to these local organizations. Community partners for the Atlanta race provided volunteers who worked alongside Vulcan employees at the race.