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KCK strides toward less-violent community with annual race

Posted: 11:41 AM, May 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-18 23:51:48-04
KCK community members stride towards violence prevention in annual race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Dozens of community members braved the rain and overcast skies Saturday morning to attend an annual block party in Kansas City, Kansas.

The NBC Community Development Corporation hosted its sixth annual 101 5K Walk and Run, which featured a violence-prevention theme this year.

"Violence touches every family," said Lashone Releford, who serves on the NBC Community Development Corporation Board. "I don't think there is any family that exists to where a friend, a family member, a coworker hasn't been affected by violence. If we can come together as a community, we can stop a lot of the violence."

In addition to the run and walk, different community organizations set up booths for a health fair. Bikes were donated and given to adults and children along with helmets.

NBC Community Development Corporation Executive Director Broderick Crawford organized the event.

"This is a zip code that has been dis-invested," he said. "There's not a lot of growth and economic development so we wanted to bring families together by walking in 66101."