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Marathon brings laps of laughter to Norfolk

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Despite a little rain and wind, more than 600 runners laced up their shoes Saturday morning for the third annual Laugh and a Half Marathon in Norfolk, Nebraska.

The event coincides with the Great American Comedy Festival and helps to raise funds for pediatric medical needs in the Norfolk area.

This year's Laugh and a Half included four different races for the first time. Runners had the choice of a 5k, 10k, half marathon relay or they could run the 13.1 miles on their own.

Friends, family and community members lined the streets and provided words of encouragement as the runners went by and a number of entertainment features on the route helped motivate the run.

Proceeds from the event will provide for the pediatric therapy needs at Faith Regional Health Services.

"They've got some wish list items that they've been wanting to get, so when kids come into their therapy facility that they have what they need for that type of population," said event coordinator Jodi Richey.

This year's overall winner was Benson Langat of Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a time of one hour and 13 minutes. This is his second time running a half marathon. Both times on the Norfolk course.

"I like the crowd. People cheering you down the line. I like how they have all the things around for fun like the people playing guitar and stuff," said Benson Langat, of Sioux Falls, SD.

Runners came from 15 different states and Canada to participate in the event including 76-year-old Charles Nutter, who came from Salina, Kansas. The Air Force Veteran started running when he was 65. He's run 20 different races all over the US in the past 11 years and says he's not stopping until he makes it to Boston.

"I missed going to Boston by seven seconds two years ago," said Nutter.

Stay tuned for highlights of tonight's comedy fest including an interview with the winner, Sunday on News Four.

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