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In the summer of 2010 First Flight began with a simple challenge: to inspire ordinary people to acheive the seemingly impossible by completing their first 5K. Our team quickly grew full of members who all share their struggles, accomplishments, and words of encouragement. First Flight was born from our team’s dedication to build a stronger and healthier community. By attending our Camp #runthistown series, First Flight has helped hundreds of beginners cross a first finish line. We continue to host a series of races that are guaranteed to be a fun time or your money back! Proceeds from the race go to scholarship kids in the community to be active through our O.A.K program. “We are not a running club, we are First Flight!”

First Flight’s mission is to inspire first steps towards building a healthier, stronger community.
First Flight Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization

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I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I messaged Krystle Bannister a little over 8 months ago to find out more about this running thing I kept seeing her post about. I was skeptical. I had never run a race nor thought of myself as the running type. However, eight months and countless new friends later, I count myself thoroughly fortunate for the opportunity to discover in myself a passion for running – and racing – I never knew existed. What began as a goal to finish that first race has quickly transformed into an earnest desire to continually challenge myself to greater distances and faster times. At each turn I have been embraced by friends, new and old, who with each word and every group run push me to be the best version of myself. In the time since I have completed 3 5Ks, a 5K trail run, and 3 10Ks.
As I am now set to prepare for not merely completing but competing in my first half marathon, I am confident that I am up to the challenge. First Flight gave me the gift of running, but more importantly the greater reward of a confidence in myself. I now know what I did not before: that when I lace up my shoes and head out for a run, I can and will achieve my goals. I am thankful to have had the opportunity just as I am grateful for the continuing rewards that come from knowing I can achieve anything if only I accept the challenge and work to get it done. I am grateful to First Flight for the support, to my friends for their encouragement and company along the way, and for the next adventure. I was not a runner before. I’m a passionate participant now and do not plan to look back. Thanks again First Flight Alliance!

Amanda Raffini

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our coaches

Alison Youngblood
Alison Youngblood
president, coach
Claire Blanton
Claire Blanton
board member, coach
Jason Nixon
Jason Nixon
board member, coach
Kelly Mullikin
Kelly Mullikin
board member, coach
Krystle Bannister
Krystle Bannister
board member, coach
Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson
board member, coach
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