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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Med City Marathon

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Rochester, MN (KTTC-DT) --

Now to a growing tradition in Rochester because of a growing number of runners registering for the Med City Marathon. In fact, some 1,500 runners signed up for this morning's race benefiting the local YMCA.

1,500 people is a new record for the YMCA, who hosted the marathon. With it, they hope to bring in another record, some $20,000 to benefit their strong kids campaign.

Nearly 1,500 people took to the streets today.

"It's very empowering.

A record for the Med City Marathon. People chose to run for many different reasons. Some ran for health, fun, and even as personal challenge.

"My friend Judy had asked me at a Weight Watchers meeting to do it. Originally we were going to walk and we ended up running the whole thing," says first-time 5K runner Sue Goetzmeyers.

And the heat didn't stop the Chatty Chicks from running their first half-marathon as a group. They use each other as support.

"We talk a lot and we run a lot while we're talking. So, you just get good at it. And you know, it makes it go faster. It really does. When you've got someone to talk to and laugh, it makes it go faster," explains Cherie Jensen with the Chatty Chicks.

Now in it's 15th year, officials with the Med City Marathon say its good reputation is getting around.

"There are other marathons now that are going on at the same time, and we're having people who are choosing ours over other places because of the quality. And that makes us feel real good," says YMCA Executive Director Steve Courts.

With more and more people attending every year, Courts says he hopes they hit a record breaking donation amount. The organization received $18,000 last year, and YMCA officials hope they can hit $20,000 this year.

"Last year in 2009, we gave out over $791,000 in direct and indirect subsidies to the community. This is one way we can replace part of what we give back," says Courts.

What a better way to help others than by empowering yourself on the open road.

Marathon organizers won't have the donation totals for about another week or two, but say they are on target to make the goal.

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