PEORIA HEIGHTS Ill -- More than 500 runners took off this morning for the 2nd annual half-marathon and relay in Peoria Heights.
Those who participated faced 13.1 miles of road, much of which winded through Prospect Road and Grandview Drive.
The half-marathon also included a two-team relay.
Organizers say this year they are looking to match the $10,000 they raised last year, which will go directly to the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association.
"It's great seeing the community excited about moving forward," said organizer, Adam White of RC Race Management. "Moving forward is a physical journey and a metaphorical journey as well. It's also a spiritual journey. It's great seeing people embracing this, bringing our community together, and drawing people from other communities here to participate with us. It's only going to get bigger and bigger."
The fastest runner was Ansel Wachter, who finished in 1 hour and 17 minutes.