Ten Miler raises funds for SARA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Runners were up early Saturday morning to take on the challenge of the 41st annual Charlottesville Ten Miler.

The Ten Miler is one of the city's biggest races, and this year's race attracted 2,200 registered runners who all laced up for a good cause.

Organizers say the race proceeds went to SARA, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in town.

Race Director Debra Gilbert believes the Ten Miler brings a lot of good to the Charlottesville community.

"It's really important to us because it does bring the community together, the university and the local community," Gilbert said about the race.

She adds helping local charities in the process of bringing the community together, is an added bonus.

"All the money raised, every year, we switch it up and do a different beneficiary and it's always a local grassroots," Gilbert said about how they pick an area group to give money.

Saturday's race started at 7:15 a.m. and ended before the rain started, which was a good thing for the runners.

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