Police half-marathon draws nearly 3,000 joggers in Winnipeg
Event raises an estimated $200,000 for brain cancer research and treatment, police service says
Droves of joggers laced up their runners Sunday to take part in the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon at Assiniboine Park.
The 12th annual event was projected to raise about $200,000 for brain cancer research.
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and his wife ran in the event, as did brain cancer patients such as Joanne Schiewe and Catherine Ledlow. Ledow is 35 and has competed in five WPS marathons.
Waiting for me to finish. For me, this pic signifies everything this race is about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WPSHalfMarathon?src=hash">#WPSHalfMarathon</a> <a href="http://t.co/WjRM4jLBga">pic.twitter.com/WjRM4jLBga</a>—@Lo_Ma19
Dozens of other participants ran in the two-person relay or five-kilometre race.
Brain cancer is the second most common fatal cancer found in youth, according to the WPS. The survival rate for brain cancer patients is far lower than the average rate for all cancers.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/WPSHalfMarathon">@WPSHalfMarathon</a> is on! <a href="https://t.co/Gd7mDu8YZa">pic.twitter.com/Gd7mDu8YZa</a>—@Mayor_Bowman
One quarter of brain cancer patients (25 per cent) survive, meanwhile over three out of five (63 per cent) of cancer patients overall manage to fight off the disease.
The runs started at 8 a.m. Finishing ceremonies are expected to take place at 11 a.m.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/relay?src=hash">#relay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WPSHalfMarathon?src=hash">#WPSHalfMarathon</a> <a href="https://t.co/SRKekqwfo0">pic.twitter.com/SRKekqwfo0</a>—@WPSHalfMarathon