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HOLLADAY -- Hundreds of runners hit the road Saturday to raise money for ALS.

Nearly 400 people participated in the first annual Bob Marshall "Kick in the ALS" 5k in Holladay. Marshall died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, one year ago.

Craig Stark, the race organizer, said, "To honor him and create something in his memory we started this race. Bob was a big runner, so this was a fitting tribute to him."

All proceeds from Saturday's race will go to raise awareness for the neuromuscular disease. Nearly 40 people are diagnosed with ALS each year in Utah.

"I think we have to raise awareness of this, and I think we can find a cure for this someday soon," said Steve Davis, a runner who was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Race officials estimate the event raised close to $10,000.

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