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The Columbus Roadrunners will host the 4th annual Red Nose Run Saturday beginning at Fountain City Coffee in Columbus. Although entry is free, donations will be accepted, with the proceeds going to the John B. Amos Cancer Center.

FORT BENNING, Ga. - In January 2007, six runners from the Columbus Roadrunners ran a marathon course around downtown Columbus. The race grew to more than 100 in 2009, now known as the Red Nose Run Marathon and Half Marathon. The run is free and open to the public.

"Marathons usually cost $50 to $100 and we wanted to break that trend - that's why we decided to make it free," said Reggie Luther, race director.

Although the entry fee is free, the Columbus Roadrunners will accept donations and sell T-shirts for $20. The proceeds will go toward the John B. Amos Cancer Center to pay for equipment for radiation treatments and clinical research, said Karen Cook, director of the Columbus Regional Medical Foundation.

Sponsors and donors have already committed to donate more than $3,000 to the cause, Luther said. The Columbus Roadrunners chose the cancer center because it is a way to help the community in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Luther expects twice the number of runners than a year ago.
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THE COURSE:
The course starts in downtown Columbus at 10th St. & Broadway, before entering Columbus Riverwalk north of TSYS campus. It crosses the 14th Street bridge to Phenix City Riverwalk then to the Dillingham Street bridge back to Columbus Riverwalk. The course runs south on Columbus Riverwalk and returns to end at the corner of 10th Street and Broadway.

THE AWARDS:
The top three overall male and female, the top masters runner and the top runner in each age group will receive an award. Awards will be given at noon.

THE RACE:
Where: The race begins at Fountain City Coffee on Broadway in Columbus.
When: Registration begins at 6 a.m. Saturday
Marathon begins at 7 a.m.
Half marathon (certified course) at 8 a.m.

For more information: Go to www.columbusroadrunners.com or e-mail reggieluther@gmail.com.

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