Runners Raise Money for March of Dimes

Over 800 runners took off from John Dam Plaze in Richland Saturday morning.

It was the second annual Tri-Cities Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run.

Runners from 20 states and Canada as well as over 100 volunteers helped raise money for Kate's Team Foundation and the March of Dimes.

Richland Police anf the National Guard helped guide runners along the course and direct traffic.

Race Director Dean Reinke says while this is benefitting charity, it is also good for the runners.

"It's really a lifestyle thing where to run or walk a half marathon, 13.1 miles, is a good idea to exercise regularly, quit smoking, watch your diet, it's a life changing thing for a lot of people, to be able to go that far.  And that's why we have a 5 k and a fun run.  You gotta start somewhere," he said.

The first runner to finish the half marathon took only one hour and thirteen minutes to cross the finish line.

There will be another half marathon on July 6th that will be run in the dark.