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Washington Park Run Benefits United Way
The United Way of Central Illinois helps less fortunate families move up the social ladder. This weekend, though, the United Way not only got people up--it got them running.
The second annual Run United was held in Washington Park Saturday morning. Nearly 200 runners laced up their shoes to raise money for United Way.
Last year, the race raised nearly $7,000. Even though the 5K was for a good cause, some runners were competitive.
"There are some competitive runners that they finish very fatigued," United Way of Central Illinois President John Kelker said. "Others are having fun. You saw a number of people with strollers bringing their kids out. There's also a kids fun run. So it's a combination of competitive for some of those runners and just a fun morning for others."
The money raised today goes to educational and year-round programs that help families and individuals in need.