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2014 Panerathon running for hunger

April 27, 2014 Panerathon at Centerville High School
April 27, 2014 Panerathon at Centerville High School
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

Over 800 Runners and walkers came together to help fight a serious hunger issue in the Dayton area with the help of Panera and Children's Health Alliance. Even the chill of the day didn't keep faithful participants from this worthwhile cause. Centerville High School hosted the Seventh Annual 10K, 5K run/walk on April 27 at 500 E. Franklin Street. The event also included a Kohl's Cares Kids Run of a quarter-mile course for children ages younger than 12. All proceeds for the chip-times race event will benefit the Children's Hunger Alliance.

2014 Panerathon in Centerville, Ohio
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

For the seventh year, Panera is proud to team up once again with The Children's Hunger Alliance to stop hunger in the Dayton area. Countless of people, neighbors, family, co-workers and more, are in needs of food everyday. This exciting, family friendly, event offers participants the opportunity to enjoy Panera bagels, pastries, and sandwiches at the finish line. Last year, over 500 runners/walkers attended this great event. This year, over 800.

"Panera Bread is excited to once again host the Dayton Panerathon benefiting Children's Hunger Alliance," said Craig Flom, President of Breads of the World, LLC, franchise of Panera Bread. "We take pride in leading the charge on the fight against hunger. The Panerathon provides monetary aid to our Dayton community while raising awareness about hungry children right in our backyard."

What did the runners/ walkers received for their participation; other than the fact that they are helping starving Dayton area residents? They received a goody bag, free t-shirt, and Panera food. A free kids fun run was also held to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Top male and female of the 5K/10K were awarded a free pair of Skechers. During the ceremony, additional Skechers were awarded to random runners/ walkers.

MIX 107.7 was on site to provide music, presentations of the awards and to facilitate the events. Providing rock music for the finishers, while enjoying their goodies from Panera, was an up-and-coming fresh, hip band from Cincinnati. The Bright Eyed Youth is a five guy band bringing the positive energy and soothing sounds to all attending. Check them out on Facebook.

"We are pleased to partner with Panera Bread again on the 7th Annual Dayton Panerathon and appreciate their generosity," Shanikka Flinn, Director of Media and Communications, Children's Hunger Alliance said. "Over 47,000 children are living with childhood hunger in Dayton, so, we look forward to our young ones and adults enjoying a morning of physical activity, healthy foods, and fun as we tackle childhood hunger together."

For more information regarding the race and winner list, checkout their website.

Check the website early next year to reserve your spot for this great event for a great cause.