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Hundreds run and walk at Sarah Strong 5K

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If you saw a crowd of people in Downtown Elkhart Saturday afternoon, you were seeing the waves of runners and walkers participating in the Sarah Strong 5K Run/Walk. Over 600 people joined in on the cause which started and ended at the City Center Park. Sarah Crane lost her battle with colon cancer in December of 2013. Still her fight against it continues to inspire.   

"The way she really brought a community together is what brought me out here today." Co-Director of the race and race participant Mark Davidhizer said.

In attendance was the Elkhart Memorial track team. Some of the team members ran in the race while the rest volunteered as help for the event. Elkhart Memorial Freshman Jenner Minix was one of the track team members who ran the 5K. "It means a lot, especially to have the whole track team coming out here to help out," he said. "She was on the track team last year. She was a big supporter of it. " 

In addition to the 600 plus runners, there were also 30 people who did virtual runs from other states. The event sold T-shirts, sweaters and wristbands to raise money.  Director of the Sarah Strong 5K Brenda Mueller was excited by how much the event had raised. With just this run we've raised over ten thousand dollars and that money is going to be used for the organization to help other families in Michiana," she said. 

The weather did not seem ideal for a running event, but that did not stop the people from coming out. "Obviously in this weather having that kind of support says a lot about Sarah and her character and also a lot about her family as well and how the community continues to support them as well," Mark said.  

Brenda says that the snow coming down actually made for a very special moment that reminded them of Sarah. "This was Sarah's weather. Slightly warm enough to run and not get to hot but it's snowing. She loved this. Brought tears to our eyes this morning," she said. 

Organizers say they will host the event again next year. March is the National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

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