YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The annual Panerathon keeps growing. For year number six on Sunday morning, nearly 10,000 people turned out to run and walk in support of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
“When we started this thing six years ago, we never fathomed that we may have 10,000 people down here in downtown Youngstown on a Sunday morning supporting this cause,” said Allen Ryan with the Covelli Centre which hosts the event.
Over the six years this event has been put on, organizers have raised $1.4 million. The money helps the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, a center that provides MRIs, ultrasounds, and mammograms.
“This is fantastic, everybody coming together to support everyone,” says Lisa Sikora. Her friend Amie Schweers participated too. Both are breast cancer survivors. “This support is all about love, and support, and friendship,” says Schweers.
The race included a 10k, a 6.2 mile run. There was also a 2-mile walk, and a kids run.
Even those not touched in some way by breast cancer were there to participate. “Breast cancer is a big deal across the country and specifically in our area. I know it’s a big deal and I was glad to do my little bit that I could to come out and help out,” said Mark Miller of Canfield.
Winners of the 10k according to Gopher A Run were 25-year-old Paul Muturi of Hebron, Kentucky with a time of 29:59.8. The first female finisher was 27-year-old Rochelle Morgan of Brecksville, Ohio at 37:43.2. Here’s a list of all the results.