Inaugural Black History Month 5k held at Millennium Park

Published 11:39 am Monday, February 27, 2023

By Lance Gaither

On Saturday, a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk were held at Millennium Park to celebrate Black History Month. The race was organized by the Weathers Foundation.

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“My brother, myself, and my two sisters, we just look at ways to give back to the community,” said event organizer Jason Weathers. “We we’re coming from another 5k and the thought came up that we should do something for Black History Month. We had the idea to do a 5k for Black History Month, it all just fell together. We collaborated with RaceRise and we’re thankful for their assistance.”

Despite the cold, wet weather, a large crowd turned out to participate.

“I’m thrilled with the turnout. I would have been happy with 50 people showing up but we got like 150 signed up,” Weathers said. “I’m pumped. The cost of registration and donations that have been given to us are going to the Salvation Army of Danville and we are going to be presenting them with a $1,000 check.”

Participants in the race ranged from runners ready to compete to people ready to have a good time despite the rain.

“There is great turnout. It’s a great cause in support of Black History Month,” said Mayor James Atkins. “More importantly we get to support the Salvation Army.”