CARBONDALE--Teams braved the heat Saturday to run a relay to combine fun, fitness, and culture.
It was part of the first Community Fun and Fitness Day.
A small but mighty crowd turned out to run relay races around the track at SIU.
Organizers said the event is about bringing people together to help support an important cause.
"It's a time where we see more divided than together, but I think our humanity still binds us. We still recognize others who have less than we do. We still recognize others who are in need," Marian Appiah-Kubi said. Appiah-Kubi is an alumna of SIU and ran track during her tenure.
Her track career is what gave her the idea to give back. She said she wanted people who loved running to come out and participate in track relays as a way to raise money.
Appiah-Kubi said she hopes to continue to increase the size of the event in years to come.
The money raised from the event will go towards the "I Can Read" program and to help build a library in Ghana.