Stars And Stripes 5K Benefits Red Cross

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is here and that means it's time to get out and hit the pavement for a good cause!

Thousands gathered at Overton Square for the Fifth Annual Memphis "Stars and Stripes 5K" benefiting the American Red Cross.

Local 24 cares is the exclusive television sponsor of the event.

Runners took their mark tonight at seven wound their way through midtown and raised money for the Red Cross "Ready Shelby" program

"It's raising money for the American Red Cross, but more importantly it's an incredible opportunity for us to honor all of those that protect us and respond to disasters each and every day. Our firefighters, our military, our first responders that's what today is all about Laura Vaughn/American Red Cross

Nearly 2000 people took part in the event.

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