BREWER, Maine — The Champion the Cure Challenge celebrated a record-breaking year from a participation and fundraising standpoint.

The challenge, which raises money for cancer research, fielded more than 1,500 participants while more than $462,500 was raised, according to the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation.

The event features a 1K walk, 5K and 10K walks and runs; 25-, 50- and 100-mile bicycle rides and a 50-mile motorcycle ride.

The Champion the Cure challenge, held annually since 2010, has raised more than $1.15 million to benefit cancer research at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

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