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|First Galesburg Half-Marathon a Success
|POSTED 12:45pm 6/3/12 By all accounts, the first-ever half-marathon hosted in Galesburg has been a success.
Organizers of the "Run Galesburg Run" half-marathon, along with a 5K run and a one-mile fun run say there were approximately 700 runners and volunteers who took part Sunday in downtown Galesburg. Runners encountered a 13.1-mile course that racers said had some hills that proved a little difficult, but otherwise, they say they enjoyed the experience.
Mike Anderson of Galesburg was running for a cause. "We're raising money for the Knox County veterans community," Anderson said. "Our goal is to raise $5,000 in discretionary funds for the Knox County Veterans Assistance Commission, Defenders of Freedom Veterans Home, VFW Post 2257, and Goodwill Veterans Fund." Anderson said he doesn't prepare at all for running, and that he's not trying to win.
Mayor Sal Garza ran the 5K with his daughter. "I can run a marathon," Garza. "But fortunately, my daughter wants to run the race today, and that's where I want to spend my time."
"It becomes one more opportunity for the community to not only promote what it has to offer in terms of visitors, but also to market the general area."
Runners from as far away as Wisconsin and Missouri took part in the races Sunday, some of whom said they were already in town for Saturday's Knox College Commencement exercise.
Hear from more participants and organizers Monday morning during the WGIL Morning News.
For more details on the races themselves, CLICK HERE.
For more photos from Sunday's event, CLICK HERE.
(Participants gather for the first "Run Galesburg Run" half-marathon Sunday. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson, Photo by Terry Cavanaugh.)
|06 03 12 by Newsroom
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