Pumpkin Fun Run Sets Attendance, Donation Records

Slightly more than $1,000 raised at annual running event

Watch the video above for some snapshots from this year's event.

This year's Pumpkin Fun Run was a record-setting effort for the annual charity race.

On Oct. 13, 286 Duke community members, their friends and families walked, jogged and ran to raise $1,028 to support Duke's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation program. The program provides care and support to children suffering from cancer, genetic defects or blood disorders. Both the number of participants and money raised were new records for the event and doubled from 2011.

"We couldn't be happier with the growth and positive response we seen for the Pumpkin Fun Run," said Julie Joyner, manager of LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program that sponsors the race. "It's impressive how the Duke community comes together to support such a great cause and have a good time while doing it."

In addition to running and walking the 2.9-mile Al Buehler Cross Country Trail near the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, participants at the Pumpkin Fun Run enjoyed dancing, music and a roving magician. Children's activities included an inflatable slide, pumpkin painting and face painting.