Pleasant weather greeted over 1700 runners and walkers in the Hannibal Cannibal 5-10-15 K run and 5K walk Saturday morning.

The race began at 7 a.m. along Main Street, went up 3rd Street and out Highway 79 south to the Cement Plant. The most grueling part of the race involves a steep climb up Lovers' Leap lane. Race Director Angie Wilcoxson of Hannibal Regional Hospital is thankful the rising Mississippi stayed off the Highway 79 portion of the course for the duration of the race.

Wilcoxson says over 27 states were represented , with three entrants from the continent of Asia.

It was somewhat of a family affair for Stacey Kitchens from Burleson, Texas. She ran the Cannibal for the first time. Kitchens says she placed 3rd overall in the Masters Womens' 15k competition. Kitchens’ 7 year-old grandson, Ryan Lowry proudly says he placed 1st in his age division in the Fun Run.

Proceeds from the run-walk events go to the Hannibal Regional Hospital Believe Campaign for new technology to enhance patient care at the Cancer Center and Hospital. Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit programs at the HRH Childrens Center.

Wilcoxson says an even bigger event is planned for next year, which will be the Cannibal's 20th anniversary.