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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After months of preparation, hundreds of runners laced up their sneakers and took to a 13.1-mile course to accomplish some major goals.

Race 13.1 hosted its first half marathon, 5-K and 10-K race at Friendly Center Sunday morning in Greensboro. More than a thousand total runners competed in the races, including WFMY News 2's Lauren Melvin, who beat her personal half marathon record.

[READ MORE]: Results From Sunday's Races

Many of the runners we talked to said Sunday was an exciting end to a long journey.

"I think it is just a sense of accomplishment," said Beth Deloria, a half marathon runner who's competed in more than 50 half marathons over the past two years. "You know, there are so many people with challenges in this world, and the fact that you can make it to a starting line - the rest is just a celebration."

Race 13.1 is hosting five other half marathons in North Carolina. In each city, the race benefits a different charity. Proceeds from the Greensboro race will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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