Friends, family and runners of all ages joined the cause at the sixth annual Hanna’s Hope race Nov. 4 in Fall River.
The event was started six years ago to help raise funds for Fall River High School student Hanna Gregorio who was battling cancer. This year’s event helped the family of five-year-old Jackson Landphier, a boy from Otsego who is also facing a cancer diagnosis.
The race featured 5K and 10K formats, along with a short kids race. Sabrina Sanchez, 32, from Arlington, won the 10K with a time of 42:55, while 35-year-old Eric Schultz won the 5K, coming in at 19:44.
After the race, Landphier handed out medals to the winners and received high-fives, along with encouraging words.
“There were 502 race participants and numerous generous volunteers that came together to make this another successful community event,” said race organizer Charmaine Schultz. “All proceeds from this event will be donated to Jackson’s family to help with unmet expenses due to Jackson’s medical condition. The event organizers thank all the volunteers, those that donated raffle baskets, corporate sponsors, and all the community members that came out to support this event.
“We can’t wait to see everyone again next year.”
Despite a very wet and cool morning, runners enjoyed the race and many finished strong. Among the finishers was Gregorio, who is now living healthy and works as a nurse for UW Hospital.
“It was great seeing all these people today,” Gregorio said. “This is our sixth year doing this and it’s really benefited lots of people. We’ve helped people from Fall River, Rio, Sun Prairie ... all over the area.”
To check all the results from the race, go to itsracetime.com and look for the link to Hannas Hope.