More than 300 people ran Saturday morning in the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Run. Tulsa's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce organized the event, promoting health and exercise in the workplace and Hispanic community.
"In the Hispanic community, diabetes is very high among our community," said Francisco Trevino, the President and CEO of Tulsa's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He said the event encourages exercise and reminds participants that being active can be social and fun.
Many children ran in the 1K "Fun Run" that preceded the 5K Heritage Run.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett was one of the runners in Saturday's event. He and a traditionally dressed "Mexican cowboy" fired the shots signaling the starts of the races.
Channel 8 spoke with many of the runners. Many of them were participating in the race for the first time.
Jose Rodriguez has ran before and said he was pleased to see the amount the event has grown this year.
Trevino said the event should raise about $3,000 for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help educate Hispanics start small businesses, among other things.
He also said the race served as a celebration, given the DREAM Act's recent progress.