Events are taking place across the nation to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Tallahassee, the first Dream Walk 5K walk-run was held to raise money for Dr. King's memorial in Washington, D.C.
Participants walked, ran and were even carried across the finish line at the first ever Dream Walk event. Frigid temperatures couldn't keep runners from raising money for a good cause.
Cliff Counts got first place at the 2006 Dream Walk and says, "I talked to a couple friends and got a contact and I like to run, so I thought it'd be fun, and it's for a good cause."
Whitney Ruth was the ladies first place runner and says, "It makes me feel great. I enjoy doing it, I love running to contribute to anything and I feel like I was a part of it."
As the seconds ticked away in this 5K race, the money continued to add up. Proceeds will go from Florida's state capital all the way to the nation's capital as funding to help build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Marcus Finley, an organizer of the 2006 Dream Walk, says, "This is a reminder for everyone, we can still help build the dream and help remember at the same time and still be moving forward all together, so a really positive movement for the university as well as the community."
Counts adds, "It makes me feel good. I'm glad that the funding is getting taken care of, you know. Hopefully this monument will be up in a couple of years; glad to hear that."
Participants help keep Dr. King's dream alive one stride at a time. Organizers say they didn't raise as much money as they hoped, but say it's because they set their goals really high. They plan on sponsoring the Dream Walk again next year.