26.2 with Donna finish delayed due to rain, lightning

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- On your marks. Get set. Cure.

A wave of pink invaded the roads and sand of Jacksonville Beach Sunday morning for the 26.2 with Donna, a marathon race with a goal of raising money to fight breast cancer.

The beach weather didn't cooperate with the large contingency of runners. Participants were forced from the race course when rain and lightning rolled into the area around 1 p.m. and the race was postponed. Runners were asked to get into cars and seek shelter.

Mayo Clinic opened an auditorium so people could escape the rain. Officials called the race after lightning was spotted in the area. No word on when or if the race will resume.

About 8000 runners from around the world registered for the race that got under way around 7: 30 a.m.

The race, organized by The Donna Foundation and its co-founder and former FCN anchor Donna Deegan, raises money for those affected by breast cancer.

02/21/14 video:  5:30 p.m. reportFor more info, visit http://www.code3foracure.com/

According to the foundation's website, since its inaugural year in 2008, 26.2 with DONNA has contributed $3.5 million to its beneficiaries. Seventy percent (70%) of proceeds go to the Mayo Clinic for bench top breast cancer research and thirty percent (30%) of proceeds go to The Donna Foundation to help breast cancer patients with critical financial needs.

Runners of all shapes, sizes and professions raced for people they know who are or were affected by the disease.

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First Coast News covered the event live with a team of reporters, some of which, like Tim Deegan and Mike Prangley, were runners themselves.

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Once the race ends, First Coast News will bring you some of the amazing stories from some of the runners involved. Check back for updates.


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