2nd annual Run for the River was held Friday night in Fort Pierce to raise awareness of lagoon

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The weekend is off to a fast start for some people on the Treasure Coast. About 150 people took part in a 5K Friday evening in Fort Pierce.

The 2nd annual Run for the River is more than a race. It was created to draw attention to the indian river lagoon.

"Not only this river but many other rivers too and the lakes," says Trina Angelone, head of St. Andrew's Episcopal Academy, "It's a complete environmental awareness."

St. Andrew's Episcopal Academy created the event last year.

"For our school it's important because we're located right on it but for everybody in the area we are the Treasure Coast and it's something that is so visible," says teacher and runner Jamie Spooner.

Last year's toxic water issue affected a lot of people in this area. From people who depend on the waterways for their livelihood to those who enjoy the outdoors and fish for dinner. It brought new awareness and showed people they can make a difference.

"It's not just something that ends because we got the discharges ended from Lake Okeechobee," says Spooner, "We still have things that are going on that are going to continue to impact us."

The run was also a great teaching moment for kids. 

"You're seeing all ages, all professions, you're seeing everybody taking some type of an interest," says Todd Mowery, St. Lucie County Commissioner.

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