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MERIDIAN -- Dozens came together Saturday morning at Kleiner Park for a non-competitive 5k run and walk aimed to move our country forward.

The Stand Up Idaho 5k even featured speed and agility training by a former Boise State track and field coach. The goal of the campaign is to encourage youth to stand up against bullying, violence, discrimination, drug & alcohol use and gangs.

Derek Boles, Executive Director of Stand Up American said it's an opportunity to be part of the solution instead of just sitting around. We've been encouraging people to have courage. So many times people sit on the sidelines and they don't say anything or they watch negative stuff happen, and unfortunately that is why our society continues to crumble. People are afraid to get involved. And so, we are asking people to stand up and take it to the next level and have courage and put themselves out there to make this place better.

Proceeds from Stand Up Idaho 5K will go to support the Stand Up Youth Ambassador Network Program across Idaho.

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