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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- More than 15,000 runners took part in DC's Nike Women's Half Marathon Sunday, a race which celebrates female athletes and benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission to find cures for blood cancers and provide access to lifesaving treatments.

Washington's own Kaitlin Sheedy, 31, was first to cross the finish line Sunday with a time of 1:20:56. Sheedy runs with Capital Area Runners and volunteers with Teens Run D.C.

The half marathon has raised over $147 million since it started 10 years ago.

The participants started and finished on Pennsylvania Avenue and got the chance to run by D.C. monuments including the U.S. Capital, the National Gallery of Art, Freedom Plaza, Washington Monument and the Jefferson and MLK Memorials.

If you would like to get involved or donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society text CURES to 80077 to give $10 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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