Runners laced up their shoes to run for a cause at the Old Trace Park on the Reservoir Saturday evening.
The inaugural "Run up for Downs 5-K drew nearly 500 participants.
It's part of a larger goal for the charity Running for Lily.
Her parents, along with uncle Todd, created a 3-21 challenge to run 321 race miles, which resulted in Saturday's longer version of a 5-K.
Lily was born with Down syndrome, a third copy of chromosome 21.
The challenge and race are to raise awareness, acceptance, and garner support for organizations that help those living with Down syndrome.
"For us, this was kind of a whole new journey. I'm kind of his sidekick. I'm his brother, she's also my God-daughter. I'm on the journey with him, but I think the biggest thing for us with "Running for Lily" it's drawing Brent and Kristine (Lily's parents) into that community (Jackson-area families with children living with Down syndrome)," said co-organizer and Lily's uncle Todd Lape.
All proceeds from Saturday's run will go to the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society and the Little Light House of Central Mississippi.
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