‘Unity in the Community 5K’ held to unite first responders and citizens


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Organizers say the Unity in the Community 5k has a purpose.

The Hecht family says after the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed, they wanted to find a way for people to come together.

One-hundred and twenty people, including 75 first responders, made it out to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail for the run.

“I’d say that’s pretty good, that’s a pretty good turnout. People want to come together. People want to be united, they just need an opportunity to do,” said Charlie Hecht.

Charlie’s dad, Dave, says the 5k is a little different. Because of COVID-19, they had waves of people start the race together.

“Most 5k races, everybody starts in one big pack at the starting line and then ‘boom!’ — you go and individually run the race, and individually you try to get your best time. And with this, we’ve put together groups of people, citizens, and first responders. The goal is to for them to stay as a group to encourage each other, and on the way, support each other,” said organizer Dave Hecht.

And after, people had the chance to come to check out some cool gear first responders had on-site, and chat with them too.

The family says today was all about encouraging each other and helping each other. They hope to hold another 5k just like this one, next year.

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