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COLUMBIA - The 12th Annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure, offering a 5K walk, 5K run and a 10K run, was held Saturday morning at Flat Branch Park.

Approximately 500 runners and walkers participated to help raise money for the Ellis Fishel Cancer Center.

About 20 local sponsors helped add a festive atmosphere to the run. Event planners said the goal was to raise $15,000.

Karen Rouse, the race director for Jay Dix Challenge to Cure, said the run means a lot to her personally.

"I myself had to go to Ellis Fischel for cancer screening, so I have loved ones who lost the battle of cancer and I have a tremendous friend who is I believe battling for cancer right now, so this touches my heart," Rouse said. "This means the world to me that people come out and support."

Rouse said this year's race was a little different than the past ones.

"We partnered up with the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and it's part of the COMO Kids Challenge," Rouse said. "Kids enrolled in the COMO Kids Challenge finish their last mile of the 26 miles of their year-long marathon that they broke up into 26 pieces."

The race will be held again next year and all the money goes directly to the Ellis Fischel Center.

For more information on the race, visit http://www.challengetocure.com/contact.html.

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