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WATCH: Community Comes Together for Viking Victory Run

The Viking Victory Run, Community 5K and Kids Fun Run exceeded organizers' expectations by bringing in about $16,500 — more than twice what they expected to raise

Sunday's was such a success, organizers already are thinking ahead to next year's event.

This weekend's 5k and kids fun run kicked off at and Memorial Stadium and raised about $16,500 for the elementary schools. Not only that, but organizer Todd Davy said it accomplished another goal: It brought the North Canton community closer together as it works to .

"Our original goal was to give something back to the schools," Davy said. "We wanted to encourage our kids to be fit. We wanted to get our families out running. And we wanted to unite the four elementary schools as we transition into next year."

Davy said he's pleased with the response from the school district and the community in putting the event together and in participating Sunday.

"We've exceeded all of our expectations," he said. "We had volunteers from all over the district, from every school. We had help from the principals, from the superintendent. We just can't say enough about what the staff has done for us."

Below you'll find a list of the event's top fundraisers, who got their names on a plaque that will hang in each elementary school and a $20 gift card to Menchie's.

  • Clearmount Elementary - tie, K'La Shelton and Noah Johnson
  • Greentown Elementary - Madyson Rucktaschel
  • Orchard Hill Elementary - Taylor Malloy
  • Northwood Elementary - Rhiley Paskoff 
  • Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center - Kylie Clugston

Female overall winner: Brigitte Fryan of North Canton, in a time of 19:38.42

Male overall winner: Jonathan Blake of North Canton, in a time of 17:46.25 

Check here for more race results.

And if you took any photos at the event, feel free to upload them to our story!

Kathy Yaros April 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Very nicely run race! I know all the work that goes in to planning and I was very impressed. I had a gret time and was happy that you raised so many $$ to help out kids and our schools. Well done!
Todd Davy April 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Thanks to the North Canton Patch for all your wonderful coverage of our event, and a HUGE thank you to the North Canton Community for supporting us and running with us. We are overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you!!
Jeanne Leed April 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
What a great event for the community of North Canton!! Thank you to all the volunteers for the hard work and dedication it took to make this event happen!
Dave Shilling April 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Another great effort by the folks in North Canton!!!
Todd Davy April 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
We hope to have race photos up within the next week to 10 days. We took thousands of pictures, and will get them online as soon as we can - keep watching at www.vikingvictoryrun.com for more details!
Morgan Day (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Todd!
Morgan Day (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Wow! Thank you guys for uploading your photos. They look great!

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