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New 5K raises money for healthcare in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) — Some runners and walkers hit the pavement on the south side of Madison Saturday morning.

The Madison Gospel 5K run-walk took off from Penn Park.

This is the first year of the event, put on by SSM Health and the Madison Gospel 5K Foundation.

Organizers hope the race turns into a yearly tradition to raise money for mental health.

“This event was inspired by July being the month of mental health awareness for people of color. So to shed light and to encourage those of us who are of color to talk about our mental health, we decided to encourage that by hosting a race,” said Uchenna Jones, a race organizer.

After the event, there was a health fair at the park. Money raised will help create programs to improve healthcare for people of color in Madison.

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