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Thousands run in the KC Marathon

Posted at 11:27 AM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 18:25:37-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was race time in the city as nearly 10,000 people hit the pavement Saturday for the Kansas City Marathon. One of those runners was Addyson Moffitt, who raised more than $65,000 for charity.

“I had learned there are kids in Africa that are dying because they don't have clean water,” Moffitt said.

The past two years, she has been running for World Vision, an organization that aims to provide clean water to third-world countries.

She runs constantly, alongside her parents as a way to stay active.

"This is my fourth one," Moffitt said.

Her parents said she decided to put her love of running into supporting the nonprofit. The money she raised shocked everyone.

The avid runner said she gets inspired to do more for her community and around the world.

“I just think about the kids that are dying and how I can help and how we still have to move our feet to help them,” Moffitt said.

The Kansas City Sports Commission said the marathon is the city’s biggest race and continues to grow each year.

“People are getting to know us because of our events,” Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission, said, “and every great city has a great marathon. And this marathon continues to grow and get better each year.”