Hundreds turn out for 5K to benefit the Youth Metro Drug Coalition

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Hundreds of runners and walkers took part in a 5K to benefit the Youth Metro Drug Coalition in Knox County High Schools.

The event took place along Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills.

Deborah Crouse, Media Relations Director for Metro Drug Coaltion, said this is their fourth annual 5K for the youth coalition.

"We want to make sure that, one, we are educating kids not to use drugs and alcohol, but also, make us a strong environment for kids who are struggling with any type of addiction issue that they may have within their friend group or their families," Crouse said.

Youth Metro Drug Coalition is made of sophomore, junior and senior high school students across Knox County high schools, who have a personal connection to addiction or are passionate about substance abuse prevention.