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Fools Five runners have different stories, unite for one cause

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LEWISTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- This year's Fools Five Road Race and auction broke some records. The community raised more than $92,000 for cancer research over the two days and saw a record number of people swarm the town.

"It's kind of awe-shocking when you see all the people when you come up on it," said Ryan Steele of Utica.

Runners came from all walks of life, all corners of the country and with different reasons to run.

"The t-shirt I'm wearing is for Theresa Ellinheisen, she's a co-worker of ours at Lewiston-Altura High School," said Steele. "She had cancer last year and she's just been an inspiration to everybody in our school and building, just her positive attitude all the time."

"I enjoy running, I enjoy the competition, I enjoy meeting all the people that I've met and this is for a very good cause," said Sandra Dalquist of Rochester.

Despite coming from all interests and backgrounds, all 3,061 of them laced up to Lewiston for one giant cause: to beat the uphill battle of cancer.

"I ran for my grandma today," said Alissa Goette of Albert Lea. "That was my whole goal, I wanted to do it for her."

As Lewiston's population nearly doubled, step by step each runner, walker and wheeler crossed the finish line to make the difference.

"It just kept growing by leaps and bounds because people are affected by cancer and they want to make a difference and they want to be a part of this to help beat back cancer," said Dan Goss, co-chair of Fools Five Road Race.

Marathon runner, Iram Leon, jolted the audience with his personal story on his fight with terminal brain cancer.  He says his daughter is his inspiration .

"All the stuff that you need to get through life I think I've gotten from a 7-year-old," said Leon. "One foot in front of the other with someone you love, I'm not sure it gets more complicated than that."

All 3,061 stories are different, but no matter what they are, they all weave the intricate fabric of racing against time, and racing against cancer.

The Fools Five Road Race has raised more than $1.6 million for cancer research since it began in 1979.  The proceeds from the weekend-long fundraiser will be donated to the Lewiston Area Cancer Support Group, Mayo Clinic, Gundersen Lutheran Hospital and the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

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