Peace Race lures runners from Ohio, nation, other countries

More than one thousand people competed in Sunday’s 39th annual Peace Race. Here’s Steve Wilaj with the story.

Runners begin the 10K race at Kirk Road. 71-degree temperatures and a clear blue sky greeted the participants. Steven Wilaj/TheNewsOutlet.org

Runners begin the 10K race at Kirk Road. 71-degree temperatures and a clear blue sky greeted the participants. Steven Wilaj/TheNewsOutlet.org

71-degree temperatures, a clear blue sky and little wind set the stage for the 2013 Youngstown Peace Race. The 10K race starts on Kirk Road in Youngstown, winds through Mill Creek Park and finishes 6.2 miles later in downtown Federal Plaza.

Jessica Odorcic, a Madison, OH, native, won the Woman’s Open with a time of 33 minutes, 35 seconds.

ODORCIC: I’ve run this race probably four or five times now and it’s just a great race. It’s good competition. It’s a nice course.

1,015 runners finished the 10K.

Kenya native Elijah Muturi placed first overall with a time of 29 minutes, 13 seconds.

Runners of all ages and sizes participated in the 10K Peace Run. Toddlers and babies came along for the ride. Chris Davidson/ThenNewsOutlet.org

Runners of all ages and sizes participated in the 10K Peace Run. Toddlers and babies came along for the ride. Chris Davidson/ThenNewsOutlet.org

MUTURI: This course was very good to me. Very nice weather. Good people cheering everywhere.

Ryan Kienzle of Canton was the first American runner to finish. He placed third overall at 30 minutes, 31 seconds.

KIENZLE: Coming out here and being from Ohio and having such an elite race, it’s really special.

Peace Race board member Mark Sorrentino says the 2-mile race and the kids 400 meter run contribute to the event’s success.

SORRENTINO: And just come down and participate and be a part of this is great tradition.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Steve Wilaj.

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