Defiant Run brings people together

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 26, 2007

Any meaningful conversation concerning Selma’s potential includes discussions on diversity – how to get different people working together.

Signs welcome visitors to Selma with a statement that “we are an inclusion community.”

In some ways that may be true, but many of us continue to stay in our own circles. We refuse to broaden our experience to include those who are actually our neighbors.

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This Saturday, local residents have the opportunity to join others from across the country for the Fourth Annual Defiant Run.

Based on the film, “The Defiant Ones,” the run teams up two people of different races who must work together to complete the event.

You don’t have to be a runner – there is a 5K fun run/walk as well as the 13-mile road race.

Those interested in participating don’t have to find their own partner either, you can be paired with someone when you arrive.

Sign up is at the Performing Arts Center, then the race begins in Selmont on Roosevelt Avenue and ends back at the Performing Arts Center.

And if you need more incentive, there are monetary prizes that will be awarded Saturday night.

For more information, call 872-0426 or come by 1418 Union St. The entry fee is $25 per person.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in an unique event, and at the same time get to know someone different as you complete the walk (or run)

together. For those who discuss ways to encourage different races to work together, this is a great chance to put some “walk in the talk.”