VIVA STREETS!: Community gets active in Downtown Harlingen

HARLINGEN — Hundreds turned out for a first of its kind event in Harlingen yesterday.

Viva Streets offered residents a safe, fun, and open environment in which to walk, ride their bicycles, skate, jog and enjoy all the other activities being offered.

The Bermea family was drawn to the event because it offered an opportunity to be active.

“It’s fitness and fun put together,” said Gina Bermea.

“We ran the 5K Run/Walk as a family,” said the mother of three boys.

Up and down Jackson Avenue and along Sixth street leading to the Harlingen Public Library, people participated in various forms of exercise, visited vendors and information booths and enjoyed live music.

Carlos Trevino of La Feria ran in the Footworks 5K Adventure Run/Walk and decided to rent a bike from the bike rental booth and stay for a while longer.

“I love to run, I love to race, I love the competition, and to support the cause,” he said.

Proceeds from the 5K Run/Walk benefitted the Boys and Girls Club of Harlingen.