Rain doesn't slow runners raising money for St. Jude hospital

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

“My feet were completely soaked in the first 100 yards,” he said of running the race. “That automatically slows you down because you feel like you’re going to slip on every step. I typically never run in this type of weather. It was definitely a unique experience.”

Gorman said he didn’t consider skipping the race, despite the heavy rain.

“It’s great to see when people come together for a purpose,” he said. “It’s nice to see. Even though we’re all just running together in this terrible weather, we’re trying to achieve something greater. We’re trying to fight against cancer. It’s great to see everyone come together for that cause.”

Last year, the event - organized by Debbie Holmes with help from a host of volunteers - raised $22,000 for St. Jude. Final figures from Saturday’s sixth annual race weren’t yet available, as pre-registered participants sought pledges to run the race. Individuals and teams raising the most money received prizes from various business sponsors of the event.

Those who participated in the race agreed that they would not let a little rain slow down their efforts to help children with cancer.

“We know this is a great cause, raising money for St. Jude’s,” said Ed Taylor, who was running the race with his 12-year-old daughter Maris. “Running in the rain is not a big deal when you consider what the children that need these services go through every day. We’re going to get wet, but it’s a great cause.”

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