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Runners Brave Cold Temperatures For Mayor's 5K

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of runners braved the cold weather for Mayor Dean's annual 5K challenge.

According to the Office of the Mayor, an estimated 2,776 runners participated in the event, Sunday.

This year marked the third year Mayor Karl Dean has hosted the free, community-wide event. It was all part of an to celebrate a healthy, active lifestyle. Mayor Dean said he hopes the event encourages Nashville residents to get up and move.

"By coming together as a community for today's 5K, we made a strong statement about Nashville's commitment to being a healthy city," Mayor Dean said. "I am proud of all our finishers, and I encourage them to stay active. I appreciate our community partners, volunteers and everyone who participated to make the 5K and Fun Run a success."

Participants were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the 5K to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Mayor Dean said he plans on continuing the cause again next year, with event such as the Mayor's Field Day and Walk 100 Mile with the Mayor.

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