Record Turnout for Race for Life

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There was a huge turnout on Saturday for the annual Queen City Race for Life and Street Strut.

Hundreds gathered in Dumont Plaza for the event aimed at fighting breast cancer. Organizer Cindy Cane Schrock says she started the race in honor of her sister, who has been battling breast cancer since 2005. Schrock tells Newscenter 11 that Saturday's race was the largest in Meridian's history with roughly 440 participants. Everyone we talked to had a reason for taking part.

"I'm kind of running for my best friend's little boy who has leukemia, Kelly Skipper," participant Ivy Rawson said. "So it's real important for me. Anything I can do to support it."

"Everybody's lives is touched one way or another with cancer and anytime we get to come out and support something like this is great," Lauderdale County District 3 Supervisor Josh Todd said. "I'm proud of Meridian and Lauderdale County for coming out."

"And it's just amazing that everyone has come together and pulled together as a team to make this event possible," Schrock said.

There was also a high heel dash, which Newscenter 11 meteorologist Brian Hutton, Jr. took part in.