Inaugural race takes place in Dunlap

By Chad Weber

October 6, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill. -- Sunday's cool weather provided ideal conditions for a new running event in Dunlap.

More than 300 people laced up their running shoes for the inaugural South Side Stride.

Local churches in Dunlap organized the 5k race, which benefits the South Side Mission.

The event also included live worship music and some warm pork chop sandwiches.

South Side Mission Executive Director Phil Newton said the first time event was a big success.

"With a first ever event you never know what to expect so we we're very grateful to have more than 300 people," said Newton. "We have great sponsorship from the event so all the dollars that are raised are going to help South Side Mission with all of the ministries that we have to help the poorest of the poor in Peoria."

Newton hoped to raise more than 3,000 dollars from the race that organizers plan to make an annual event.

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