Danville celebrates Fourth of July with 'Patriot Challenge'

Dozens of runners participated in the 5k and 10k race at Anglers Park

DANVILLE, Va. – People in Danville are celebrating the Fourth of July by going for a unique run.

On Tuesday morning, dozens participated in the Patriot Challenge.

Runners had the option of a five or 10 kilometer course along the mountain bike trails at Angler's Park.

There was also a one mile kids fun run prior to that.

Those WSLS spoke to said the Fourth of July is all about spending time with friends and family.

One runner, Ralph Elder, who is also an Army veteran, said the run is a way to honor the sacrifices that make the opportunity possible.

"It's a time for me to spend with my friends and family and enjoy the day with them," Elder said. "I think that the buddies of mine that I had would want people to have fun with their families and enjoy their day regardless of what they're doing."

John Wilt, also a veteran, didn't run but did sing the national anthem prior to the start of the race.

"I wanted to do my part, since it's the Fourth of July, in reverence to what this holiday means to America (and) to Americans," said Wilt.

City councilman James Buckner was at the race to support his family members who were running and said it is great to see so many people participating.

"The sacrifices that people have made to make this country so great, it's just a beautiful day and time to relax and celebrate and enjoy it with friends," said Buckner.

After the race, there was an ice cream social for runners.