Runners hit roads around Coolray to help fight cancer

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- The American Cancer Society held its second annual 5K and Fun Run for Relay For Life on Saturday morning at Coolray Field. About 150 runners participated in the race, which included running inside and outside of the stadium.

The overall winner of the race was Keith Camp of Winder, who finished with a time of 21 minutes and 47 seconds.

"It was really nice today, and it had enough hills to keep you enjoying the course," Camp said of the race conditions.

Camp was representing Jackson EMC and has run multiple races in Gwinnett already this year.

Maxine Longobardi, a Liverpool native who now makes her home in Suwanee, recorded the fastest female time at 22 minutes and 20 seconds.

"I'm racing to help fundraise the fight on cancer, and the best part is being here with all of the people who came out today," Longobardi said.

"The 5K promotes health initiatives, and we are all rooting for a world with no cancer and more birthdays," Kelly Smith, community manager and chief volunteer for the ACS, said.Fifteen members of Gwinnett Medical Center of Duluth's run club called the Road Runners participated in the race.

"We are here to have fun, enjoy the experience and get the word out to the community about the hospital and Relay For Life," Lea Bay, club spokesperson and Gwinnett Medical employee said of Saturday's event.

Area Executive Director of the American Cancer Society, Bill Manson was on hand for the event.

"I'd like to thank all of the participants for coming out and helping with the mission of the American Cancer Society," Manson said. "A special thanks to all of the volunteers for dedicating their time."

Other attendees were able to walk around the inside of the stadium, play in inflatables and listen to music provided by Audio Celebrations DJ services. Audio Celebrations also donated their time for the event.

All proceeds for Saturday's run will go to help Relay For Life and the fight against cancer. For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.