LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was a cold morning for a chilly start, but more than 200 people, including little ones, ran to support a good cause on Saturday: raising awareness for Crime Stoppers.
"Paying the entry fee and stuff like that, we know that it's going to a good cause really means a lot to us," said Kortney McMullen, participant.
For several runners, the experience was their first time to participate in such a race.
"It was very difficult. In the program I had been doing I hadn't ran the actual 5k before so this was the first time and I did it. It was hard but I feel very accomplished right now," said Tempestt Parker, participant.
The run provides an avenue to shine a light in the organization.
This year the organization said it raised close to $10,000. A chunk of the money will help improve the Crime Stoppers' website.
"Crime Stoppers being a non-profit, we get no funds, no public funds, and tax dollars don't run the program. We operate on donations, grants and this annual fundraiser," said J. B. Smith, executive director of Crime Stoppers in Lufkin.
Although not all puzzles are solved, Crime Stoppers relies on the public who have information on various cases to then pass it onto law enforcement who then can take action.