MAHOMET — Hundreds of runners laced up and took to the courses for the 24th annual Run Mahomet last weekend, aiming for good times and fun — and all for a good cause.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Mahomet Area Youth Club, a not-for-profit organization that serves youths 6-18 and their families. It supports after-school programming and hosts young people during winter, spring and summer break. MAYC also operates a junior high after-school club, a high school building club and more. It serves more than 1,000 youths annually.

“It was awesome,” said Sara Balgoyen, MAYC executive director. “We had a lot of people — almost 500 participants — and hundreds of volunteers.

Run Mahomet is a tradition for many people, especially Alan Singleton and Mark Kessler, Balgoyen noted.

“We had again two fellas from the local community who ran it for the 24h time, so they’ve run every race,” she said.

Total funds raised are expected to be in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $25,000.

“We’re still working on all the logistics of that. We anticipate that it’ll be in line with previous years,” Balgoyen said Wednesday.

The first-time Main Street Mile drew about 60 runners and was sponsored by Walk Chiropractic.

“We had MAYC kids and staff that were in that as well,” she noted.

Vital for the event and each run are volunteers. As is typical, Run Mahomet drew helpers from local clubs such as Rotary and the Lions, plus Mahomet-Seymour school volunteers such as football players and cheerleaders, and many more.

“Volunteeers are key. We’ve got somebody at every mile for the hydration stations,” Balgoyen said, and assistance also is needed in welcoming runners, registration and more. Local businesses help sponsor the runs, too.

Run Mahomet began last Friday night with the Main Street Mile, a fun walk/run down Main Street in downtown Mahomet that began at Grace Baptist Church.

The event shifted into high gear on Saturday with the 7 a.m. stepoff at Mahomet-Seymour High School of the half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K and, at 7:20 a.m., the 5K.

Overall results included: Brian Butcher of Mahomet, first place, Main Street Mile; Elias Rutto of Sun Prairie, Wis., first place, half marathon; Team Buffalo Trails XC, first place, half relay; Nick Mies of Mahomet, first place, 5K; Andrew Walmer, city not given, first place, 10K. First-place female finishers were Paige Jansen of Champaign, Main Street Mile; Hellen Mugo, city not given, half marathon; Alison Sizemore of Gibson City, 5K; and Maggie McPherson of Sterling, 10K.MAHOMET — Hundreds of runners laced up and took to the courses for the 24th annual Run Mahomet last weekend, aiming for good times and fun — and all for a good cause.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Mahomet Area Youth Club, a not-for-profit organization that serves youths 6-18 and their families. It supports after-school programming and hosts young people during winter, spring and summer break. MAYC also operates a junior high after-school club, a high school building club and more. It serves more than 1,000 youths annually.

“It was awesome,” said Sara Balgoyen, MAYC executive director. “We had a lot of people — almost 500 participants — and hundreds of volunteers.

Run Mahomet is a tradition for many people, especially Alan Singleton and Mark Kessler, Balgoyen noted.

“We had again two fellas from the local community who ran it for the 24h time, so they’ve run every race,” she said.

Total funds raised are expected to be in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $25,000.

“We’re still working on all the logistics of that. We anticipate that it’ll be in line with previous years,” Balgoyen said Wednesday.

The first-time Main Street Mile drew about 60 runners and was sponsored by Walk Chiropractic.

“We had MAYC kids and staff that were in that as well,” she noted.

Vital for the event and each run are volunteers. As is typical, Run Mahomet drew helpers from local clubs such as Rotary and the Lions, plus Mahomet-Seymour school volunteers such as football players and cheerleaders, and many more.

“Volunteeers are key. We’ve got somebody at every mile for the hydration stations,” Balgoyen said, and assistance also is needed in welcoming runners, registration and more. Local businesses help sponsor the runs, too.

Run Mahomet began last Friday night with the Main Street Mile, a fun walk/run down Main Street in downtown Mahomet that began at Grace Baptist Church.

The event shifted into high gear on Saturday with the 7 a.m. stepoff at Mahomet-Seymour High School of the half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K and, at 7:20 a.m., the 5K.

Overall results included: Brian Butcher of Mahomet, first place, Main Street Mile; Elias Rutto of Sun Prairie, Wis., first place, half marathon; Team Buffalo Trails XC, first place, half relay; Nick Mies of Mahomet, first place, 5K; Andrew Walmer, city not given, first place, 10K. First-place female finishers were Paige Jansen of Champaign, Main Street Mile; Hellen Mugo, city not given, half marathon; Alison Sizemore of Gibson City, 5K; and Maggie McPherson of Sterling, 10K.