An annual East Texas half-marathon kicks off with over 3-hundred participants, to benefit an organization that gives people mobility.
The 4th annual AMBUCS half-marathon was held in Longview on Saturday.
13-and-a-half miles were filled with runners raising money for AMBUCS to continue building Amtrykes to give physically challenged kids and adults freedom of mobility.
"Being able to run and support them is unbelievable. We're very fortunate that we can run and support those with disabilities," says runner Susan Roerecke.
Robin Oliver used an Amtryke to finish the 5-K portion of the run.
"Its all about the smiles , not about the miles. Its all about the grin not about the win," Oliver says.
"Its probably going to be our most successful year we've had over 300 runners. The goal of the Longview running club and AMBUCS is to help those that can't help themselves that have disabilities and need assistance," says Longview AMBUCS vice president Alan Lizza.
A sanctioned running event, it draws world class athletes from all over the country as well as recreational runners.
"We pull people in from all parts of the community. The word is out there about this event and the growth has been phenomenal in such a short time," Lizza says.
And for people like Oliver it's freedom.
"Just have fun, a whole lot of fun," he says.
Because the run is a sanctioned event, the top five finishers among men and women receive a cash prize starting at one thousand dollars for first place.
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