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Bristol Half & Half Marathon takes runners across states lines to fight cancer

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 12 2014 05:36:39 PM CDT
HALF AND HALF
BRISTOL, Va. -

Hundreds of runners took to the pavement in two states for one great cause Saturday morning.

News 5 was there as the Bristol Half & Half Marathon got underway.

While many runners in the half marathon are connected because of cancer, they united as runners to find a cure for the disease.

"My mother is a cancer survivor and my mother-in-law has recently become a cancer survivor as well,” said Kelly Foulks.

Kelly Foulks lives in Norton and she says they both battled breast cancer and she likens beating cancer to running a marathon.

"It just gives you a since of accomplishment to run for somebody for a good cause, and running for ourselves as well,” said Foulks.

Foulks and her daughter-in-law Jessica along with hundreds of other runners started the half-marathon on the Virginia High School track where luminaries of those who've lost fight their fight guided them through the course from Bristol, Virginia across the state line into Tennessee.

"It's phenomenal; it's a reminder of the tremendous community we live in, said Mike Stollings, race director, “We've had so many great sponsors step forward and support this event financially. We've got nearly 450 runners out here today, we're going to nearly 200 volunteers out on the course today saying is makes a difference to us to be able to joins in the fight against cancer.”

And 13 miles they raised $50 for the American Cancer Society.

"It’s a great cause, if you can't get excited about this you can't get excited,” said Stollings.

Electro-Mechanical Corporation was the leading sponsor for the second annual half-marathon.