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Maple Leaf Walk/Run raises money for YMCA kids

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Maple Leaf Walk/Run in Riverside Park Friday morning raised money for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

One runner proved his strength by adding 40 pounds to the challenge.

Onalaska firefighter Cory Taylor ran a half marathon in his fire suit, helmet, jacket, pants and air pack.

He did sport running shoes to help him through the 13 miles.

Taylor is helping raise money for Code 3 For a Cure, a charity that provides funds to firefighters with cancer.

Along with his cause, Taylor and his fellow participants raised money for the YMCA kids.

"The YMCA is a great place for kids to really participate in other programs with kids, to interact with others. They're a really great program to put on so kids can socialize, they can do athletics, they can do a lot of fun things with others. So it's very, very crucial for kids to be able to attend the ‘Y,'" said Assistant Race Director, Travis Pernsteiner.

The run/walk had more than 2,100 participants, all of whom could collect pledges for the cause.

In the coming weeks, Maple Leaf organizers will total up the money raised.

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