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World runners join the annual Youngstown Peace Race

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The 39th annual Peace Race brought runners from around the world to Youngstown on Sunday.

Hundreds of runners jogged through winding scenic Mill Creek Park, finishing in downtown near the Federal Plaza monument.

The Peace race attracts runners from across the region, the country and world, including runners from Kenya and Russia.

Elijah Muturi from Kenya started in front of the pack, and came in strong, winning the race with a time of 29 minutes, 13 seconds.  "The city is very beautiful. The course was very nice, and these people very good to me." said Muturi.

For the first time ever, one entrant participated using a hand cycle.  Military veteran Brett Clingan, who has a degenerative neurological disease said he hopes others with disabilities will join in next year. "I would definitely like to see Youngstown be put on the map for supporting the disabilities." said Clingan.

The masters class included one 70-year old participant.The 2 mile children's run and walk began at 9:30 a.m., allowing parents and fans to cheer the start and finish. The start of the 10k run and walk was pushed back to 11:00 a.m.

For those not running, like Mike Robinson, just watching the event is a thrill. "It's great!  I love seeing a ton of people out here. Everyone is so happy.  It's always a good time to come and watch."
said Robinson.

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