First annual relay aims to unite people - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

First annual relay aims to unite people

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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 it's about bringing people together to help support an important cause.

"It's a time where we seem more divided than together, but I think our humanity still binds us," organizer Marian Appiah-Kubi said. "We still recognize others who have less than we do. We still recognize others who are in need."

Marian 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.

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