Thousands race in the heat

By Anna Yee

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Jaycees hosted its annual Firecracker 5K race early Wednesday morning.

More than a thousand people took part in the 3.1 mile run/walk.

Roxy Baker, a Peoria Jaycees committee member, says attendance was record-breaking and proceeds will be used in a number of ways, like helping JDRF for diabetes research.

"One being just giving cash donations like we are today to JDRF and Boys and Girls Club," said Baker, "but we also go out and help with local charities, manning things. We also host different events like our Easter egg hunt. It's the largest downstate Easter egg hunt, and it's free to the public."

The Jaycees is a worldwide community service organization.

The Peoria Chapter is open to new members.

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