PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gritty has stolen the hearts of Philadelphia sports fans over the last year and now he is using his popularity to raise money for charity. The first ever Gritty 5K was held in South Philadelphia Sunday morning.

Approximately 3,000 “Gritizens” showed up to the Wells Fargo Center dressed as the beloved mascot.

Gritty led participants in a pre-race stretch.

And what would a Gritty 5k be without a Claude Giroux shrine? Gritty was caught bowing at his “king.”

The race started at the Wells Fargo Center, traveled through the Navy Yard and finished back at Gritty’s home.

Gritty even got into a dance off with one of the Gritty impersonators.

The funds raised from the Gritty 5k will benefit the Flyers Charities to help support a multitude of worthy non-profits across the Philadelphia area.

Gritty is thrilled to be your beloved mascot Philadelphia.