Hokie Half Marathon and 5K helps the community

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Thousands of people showed up early Sunday morning to compete for a great cause.

“I like to run and running for a cause is just away to give back and still enjoy yourself and do something that you like to do,” says 5K runner Mike Ketron.

The 7th annual Hokie Half Marathon and 5K was held in Blacksburg. Proceeds helped benefit local clubs, school, and charities in the area. 47-year-old runner Mike Ketron came in 4th place during the 5K. He says the run makes the Blacksburg area feel more like home.

“Well I like to compete I was an athlete in high school and you know as you get older you don’t have as many things that you can compete in. I’m a runner and a triathlete. So I like these events and these local events are very important to me because of the community feeling of it,” explains Ketron.

For 5th year Virginia Tech Army ROTC student Michel Becker, helping people through competition is what the event is all about.

“To me it’s really important to help raise money for people in need. For research or those kinds of purposes and stuff like that. For me I love running I love having a reason to get out here for me that’s the icing on the cake,” says Becker.

With each runner that crosses the finish line, that’s one more person that’s helped the community.

“It’s really inspiring this is also one of the fastest races I run. So Just seeing all the guys out there. Their were some guys who ran pretty close to an hour flat and that’s just incredible to how the fast the community is. All just coming out together working together,” states Becker.

Organizers are already gearing up for next years race in 2020.

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