The KC BIGGSteps Inaugural was held in Overland Park Sept. 21 with proceeds going to the Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation.
A 5-K, 1-mile fun run and kids dash were held raising more than $75,000, according to the memorialís website.
Several Abilene area runners participated in the event.
In the female category, Jenell Hartman placed second in the 30 to 39 division and 34th overall. Her time was 28:27.9, just tenths of a second off the 30-39 winner.
In that same age division, Emily Barnes placed seventh, 30:43.7, and Angie Evans placed 11, 31:02.1.
The foundation raises awareness of the causes and prevention of cancer; assists those affected by cancer; and supports cancer research. Consistent with the vision of Sean Biggs, the foundation also funds collegiate scholarships for study abroad and in the fields of alternative energy and energy efficiency.
Biggs was born 1976 to Dr. Dennis and Sheila Biggs and grew up in Abilene with his parents, sister Bridget and brother Casey.
At Abilene High School, he graduated at the top of his class and was a star athlete. He was on the state championship basketball team, quarterbacked the varsity football team and excelled in track.
He went on to attend University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. While at KU, he was the first engineering student to complete a study abroad program at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He then moved to Boston where he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his Masters in technology and policy.
In September of 2011, Sean was diagnosed with cancer. He died of the disease Sept. 17, 2012, leaving behind a wife, Neha, and two children.
A sister race is planned in Needham, Mass., on Nov. 10, according to http://biggsteps.org.