Hundreds participate in Brownfest 5K

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PEORIA (25News Now) – The Washington community gathered and joined the fight against glioblastoma in honor of Washington High School basketball coach Kevin Brown.

In June 2019, Coach Brown died of glioblastoma, which is a fast-growing and aggressive type of brain cancer.

The fifth annual Brownfest kicked off with a 5K and one-mile walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Five Points Washington.

The family-friendly event also featured food trucks, a silent auction, tournaments and live music.

The event aims to raise money and awareness for glioblastoma research and to support those fighting the disease.

The organizers say they’ve watched the event grow in size every year and they’ve made sure to include some of Coach Brown’s favorite activities.

“We’ve had some great bands over the years. We’ve had live music every year because that was one of Coach’s big things,” said Ben Armstrong, one of the co-chairs of the Brownfest. “He really enjoyed live music, hanging out with friends on the weekend. Most people know him as the really intense basketball coach, but there was a whole other side of him outside of basketball, and he just loved being with his people.”

Between 700 and 1,000 people were expected to attend Saturday’s event.

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