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Hundreds participate in annual Run for the Heroes races

LAUREN OWENS Morning News lowens@florencenews.comMay 28, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – More than 250 people gathered for the 10th annual Run for the Heroes races Monday morning at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

The Memorial Day races were started as a way to honor men and women who died while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, said Charlotte Tilton, the race director.

A portion of the money raised from the races will go to the American Red Cross.

“This is the 10th year, so it’s exciting to see how much it’s changed and how much it has grown,” Tilton said.

The event included a 5K and 10K race as well as a non-competitive one-mile walk.

In addition to helping organize the event, Tilton also ran in the 5K race.

The event started with a military tribute. The St. Anthony school band played the national anthem, and the South Florence High School Junior ROTC presented the colors during the tribute.

Runners and walkers started at St. Anthony Catholic Church and raced through neighborhoods around the area, finishing back at the church.

In the 10K race, Robert Razick came in first place with a time of 36:49:26. Steve Greer finished second with a time of 45:38 and Andy Bobier finished third with a time of 47:01.

In the 5K race, Michael Griffin came in first place overall with a time of 16:30:47. Charles Mazick finished second with a time of 20:01 and Mathew Fergesuon finished third with a time of 20:05.

After the race, St. Anthony provided a pancake breakfast for participants, and they held a special ceremony.

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