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Darrell Saria runs the 10th annual Winnipeg Police Service half marathon Sunday in a Star Wars storm trooper costume to celebrate the movie on Star Wars day, May 4.

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Darrell Saria runs the 10th annual Winnipeg Police Service half marathon Sunday in a Star Wars storm trooper costume to celebrate the movie on Star Wars day, May 4.

A record 2,900 runners collectively covered millions of strides Sunday to send the Winnipeg Police Service half marathon beyond the $1-million mark in cancer-care fundraising.

It was the 10th annual 21.1-kilometre run from Assiniboine Park and back.

Spokeswoman Veronica Hall said organizers are still counting the money raised Sunday for Canadian Cancer Society, but "we passed the million-dollar mark for the decade. We reached our $1-million goal, which was amazing," she said.

"It's grown since its inception -- it's the most we've ever had," Hall said. "It's a very emotional event. There's a lot of people running for cancer victims and for people fighting cancer."

Hall said about 2,200 people ran the entire distance and the rest were on relay teams.

Prominent local distance runner Cory Gallagher finished first again this year in a time of 1:12:53. Alice Sherwin of Winnipeg was the top woman runner. Her finishing time was 1:24:04. The record times for the event were not immediately available Sunday.

The runners received a rousing send-off with a fly-by of a Canadian Forces C-130 Hercules. The police helicopter AIR 1 was also on-site for the annual event.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 5, 2014 A3

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Updated on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:29 AM CDT: Corrects that funds raised go to Canadian Cancer Society

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