Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission supported the 16th annual "Run to Read Race" on Friday evening with Literacy Volunteers and United Way of Marion County.
A total of 87 racers signed up and took off to support Marion County Literacy Volunteers in their cause to provide free tutoring on a one on one basis to adults and children. Friday night activities started with a one mile race and the famous 5K. Both races offered running and walking divisions.
“It helps to provide for the reading aspect of it and it get the community out, gets our name known for people who know about other people who might need our services it’s a good way to introduce them to that,” said Jim Cummings, Literacy Volunteers of Marion County.
“This is my first road race in several years so with the 5K distance its nice because its not too, too painful,” Will Hunter, 5K winner.
After the race participants received awards. There was even a free pool party put on by Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission in the swimming pool by East West Stadium.