Shreveport, LA - Charles Fletcher, chairperson for 5K says, "it's a great opportunity for people together to come out and socialize enjoy entertainment."
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held a 5K this morning kicking off the second day of the.... Let The Good Times Roll Festival.
Fletcher says, "we wanted to add another aspect of it.. to put a focus on health."
Bringing awareness to health issues in the African American community.
"Diabetes and lung cancer affects our community so we wanted to come out here to bring that awareness," said Fletcher.
The 5K run has been a part of the festival for the last five years.
Today more than 60 runners took to the streets of downtown Shreveport.
Joshua Acosea a runner says, "there is so many health issues that people deal with and just going out doing a ten minute run...Thirty minute run a day can have such a big impact."
Another runner, Daniel Tanner says, "its fun to live a healthy lifestyle, you can meet good people, nice people, just the social aspect of it is awesome."
Daniel Tanner, won first place and says he was on a mission to take the crown.
"I knew I was coming out here to run a number so I got the job done and aye we came home with the 'W'," Tanner said.
And even if you didn't win you still got in a good run.
"it's Summer you know its going to be a hard race and you just have to push through," said Acosea.
The festival is open until midnight tonight and opens tomorrow at two p.M.