HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than one hundred people gathered at Kamper Park Saturday morning to celebrate Mardi Gras and help the children at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.
They took part in the 2nd annual Mad Dash to Mardi Gras 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk.
It was a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club.
The money will be used to make upgrades at the facility's gymnasium.
"The people in the Pine Belt, first and foremost, have shown their love for the Army by coming out and supporting a good cause, but it also says that people want to get healthy in 2016, so we're very appreciative of that," said Lt. Stacey Connelly, corps officer for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.
Trophies for the top finishers were hand-made by children at the club.
The theme for this year's run was "Love of Animals."