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      Runners race for cancer cure

      The race honors the memory of Dr. Jay Dix who was a University of Missouri Health Care pathologist and fought his own battle with cancer.

      The Columbia Multisport Club hosted the 11th Annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure Race this morning.

      Proceeds from the event benefit local cancer research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

      With a 5k walk or run and a 10k run, the challenge to cure race is a family-friendly event for anyone from children to competitive runners.

      Race participants were timed and received an athletic t-shirt.

      The race honors the memory of Dr. Jay Dix who was a University of Missouri Health Care pathologist and fought his own battle with cancer.

      MU Health Care Dr. Paul Dale said, "We're running to try and find a cure. We're running for research. We're running for patient care and patient facilities at Ellis Fischel. We are so proud of our new building and the ability to help cancer patients throughout the state of Missouri."

      During the past 10 years, the race has raised more than $159,000 for local cancer research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.