Videojournalist: Angela Fowler
Danville, VA- Danville's first Autism 5K walk/run was held at Dan Daniel Park Saturday morning.
Around 600 participants showed up to bring awareness for this worthy cause.
Danville has different resources for autism education, one of them being the "Building Blocks" school.
A lot of work went into pulling Saturday's 5k together.
"We started planning back in February and it was most of our first time being involved in planning an event and we have definitely learned a lot of lessons for next year," said Lauren Mathena, the Planning Team Coordinator.
Normally rivals in cross country, today two friends from Tunstall and Martinsville High schools crossed the finish line first.
"It's like all the hard work you put into that race it paid off," said Kevin Swanson, a high school student.
"Second place is a little different, it's not as exciting but it's still feels good just to finish," said Joseph Halpin, another high school student.
Part of the money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks, a national advocacy and research organization.