LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lacing up their running shoes Saturday for the first in a series of races this fall. 

More than a thousand runners took part in the Louisville Pure Tap 5K at Louisville Water Tower Park. 

It's the first race in the Louisville Sports Commission's Fall Runathon Series.

About 150 kids also took part in the race, as they train to run a half-marathon next month. 

Donations of new or gently used running shoes were also collected for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. 

"We are all trying to do our part. Just the devastation that happened in Houston, and now what is going to take place in Florida," said Karl Schmitt, with the Louisville Sports Commission. "People are very giving. We all know this is a very giving community and people brought a lot of stuff and we appreciate that."

Two other Runathon races will happen later this fall, including the Urban Bourbon half-marathon on Oct. 21.

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