STANFORD — There were no people declared “cancer free” on the streets of downtown Stanford Saturday morning, nor were there any cures discovered for the disease, but over 100 runners and walkers did take steps to help in fighting the disease by participating in the American Cancer Society Race for a Cure 5K/3K Run Walk.
The 5K runners and 3K walkers left the starting line at the corner of Mill Street and Main Street amidst the applause and cheers of onlookers, heading along West Main to Danville Avenue and a winding route that stretched into the back streets of Stanford before ending back on East Main.
While some participants entered to improve on their running and walking times, the main purpose of the Race for Cure event was to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help in its fight for a cure with research.
And a good deal of money was raised.
A total of 191 people forked over entry fees of $25 and $20 to participate in this year’s Race for a Cure. There were 109 registered for the 5K run and 41 registered for the 3K walk. There were 41 “Skip the Race” entrants and eight cancer survivors.
If all 191 entrants were pre-registered for the event, the funds raised would be $3,820. However, all were not early entries and there is sponsor money still to be included. Plus there is also the cost of holding the event to consider in the finally tally.
“We are still waiting on some sponsor money to come in and a few more bills to pay, but we are expecting to clear a little over $4,000, which will be shared between the teams who helped and had registered participants,” Race for a Cure chair Charlotte Kirkpatrick said.
All profits from the event will benefit Relay for Life, which is set for Friday, June 7 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, and the American Cancer Society.
Kirkpatrick said she was pleased with the 191 registered participants and all those who actually participated in this year’s Race for a Cure.
“We feel like this is great considering we had to compete with Spring Break and another race the day after ours,” she said. “We appreciate all the support received from our teams, sponsors, participants, and the city of Stanford Police Department.”
Just over 21 minutes after the start of the Race for a Cure, Shane Peck was all alone as he rounded the final turn back onto Main Street and headed down the final stretch. The 42-year-old Stanford runner was the overall winner in the race, covering the distance in 21:27.
Ada Benson, 13, of Danville was the overall female winner and the second to cross the finish line. Benson completed the race in a time of 23:27.
Special awards presented post-race included:
Most Participating (from a Relay for Life team) – Stanford Christian Church and Stanford Presbyterian Church, 30.
Oldest Survivor: Bill Ed Leedy, 84, Stanford Christian.
Youngest Survivor – Linda Nutgrass Cantrell, 47, Past Time Crew.
Youngest Participant – Stella Beth Hart, 2, Stanford Christian.
Oldest Participant – Bill Ed Leedy, 84, Stanford Christian.
Final results for the 5K portion of the ACS Race for a Cure follow in order of finish. Dozens of walkers also participated in the event and contributed to the cause, but their times were not recorded.