The race started at the University of Illinois arboretum. More than 120 people took part in the race. Some wore bibs in honor of loved ones who have dealt with the disease.
"My grandma died on my birthday of lung cancer so it really hits home," said Matt Cronin, who helped put the race together. "It's a really good event and we obviously put a lot of time into it."
Organizers said they raised over $1,000 for the first ever event. That was donated to the American Cancer Society. Organizers hope to make the race a yearly event.