Running of the Bears

By Kelly McCarthy
By Natalie Rubino

March 24, 2013 Updated Mar 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal High School students hosted their first 5k race Saturday morning, and more than 300 participated in the special event.

The Running of the Bears 5K race raised money to find a cure for Prader-Willi syndrome.

PWS is a genetic condition that causes people to have chronic hunger and a slowed metabolism.

The disease can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity.

Sue Darpino, a health teacher at Vestal High School, said after hearing about the disease, students wanted to help with finding a cure.

"We were inspired by the granddaughter of one of our teachers here who was recently diagnosed," she said. "And Cami came and met with the kids and they decided that they wanted to raise money so
that she would hopefully not have to go through that."

Local businesses were also inspired and donated money and prizes for the winners of the race.

Darpino says students hope Running of the Bears becomes an annual event at the high school.

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