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Hundreds run "The End of the World 5K" for fun, hope

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Neither the Mayans' prediction of the end of the world as we know it on Friday nor temperatures in the thirties could keep around 550 runners and enthusiasts off the street beside Jim Miller Park in Cobb County. 

PHOTOS | The End of the World 5K

When Georgians awoke Friday morning and begun their day, it
was no secret that the Mayans were wrong. They predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012, and
well, it didn't. 

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It's also no secret that many jokes were made and plenty of fun was had around the topic. In Marietta, hundreds of people dressed in costumes and put on their running shoes to make fun of The End of the World, or what could have been.

However, what many might not know is that for some, The End of the World is actually a reality.

According to Chris Green, Race Director of Zone 5 Events, The End of the World 5K was held on Friday night to have fun and make fun, but also to remember those that may feel like they've reached the end.

"All participants were encouraged to run how they envisioned the end of the world, be it as zombies, aliens, self-aware robots, whatever their imagination holds," Green said.

Proceeds from The End of the World 5K went to the Center for Children and Young Adults, which as reported by Green, is a foster home for homeless, neglected and abused children.

According to the staff behind The End of the World 5k, these kids often find themselves in situations that must truly feel like the end of the world, prior to receiving help from the Center for Children and Young Adults.

Children often find themselves without shelter, food, and items that many may take for granted. When faced with tough situations, those young people sometimes feel like there is no hope for tomorrow. 

The winner of The End of the World 5K was North Carolina native Bill Baldwin, who has been an elite runner for over 15 years. He said he had a couple of days to visit a friend in Atlanta, and decided to run the race, which he found out about on Running Journal, during his visit.

"When it comes to the end of the world, it's very philosophical," Baldwin said. "We're still here, and we recognize we're here for a long time." 

Baldwin finished the race in 16:22. 


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