The MLK Day 5K takes place on Monday, Jan. 21. Photo:

On Monday, Jan. 21, the United States will take a day to remember one of the most influential people in history, Martin Luther King, Jr. Through countless rallies, speeches, non-violent protest and other political action, Dr. King was able to change the way our country views equality.

On this day, it is customary for people to get out and participate in social justice and community service activities throughout their communities.

Some Pace students are doing just that by participating in the MLK Day 5K run/walk at Piedmont Park. Freshman George Blaha has created a Pace team for the race that celebrates Dr. King. “He was a great man and it’s important to remember him and what he did,” said Blaha. This is Blaha’s third time participating in the race.

The MLK Day 5K begins at 8 a.m. The start and finish lines are at 10th Street near Park Tavern. The run consists of grass, road, gravel, a wooden bridge and dirt paths in the park. To sign up for the Pace team contact George Blaha, and to find out more information about the race, visit

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