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Runyon 5K raises $500,000 for cancer research

(Photo courtesy of Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation)
(Photo courtesy of Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation)

Today’s 6th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium raised more than $500,000 for cancer research, according to Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation officials.

More than 2,300 people took part. For the second straight year,  Matt Lowenthal, 28, from Woodhaven, Queens, was the top finisher at just under 22 minutes

The course went through Yankee Stadium’s concourses and ramps. All participants were shown on the centerfield video board as they ran or walked two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Friends, family and supporters were able to watch the race from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate and meet Damon Runyon scientists.

“Over the past six years, the proceeds from the Runyon 5K have allowed us to fund amazing cancer researchers doing incredible work,” said Damon Runyon President and CEO Lorraine Egan in a statement. “Our 5K participants have made breakthroughs possible – it’s as simple as that.”