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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:14 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

One Queens man has conquered the Bronx — and for a good cause.

For the second year in a row, Matt Lowenthal, 28, of Woodhaven was the top finisher in the Runyon 5K charity run at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. He ran the course, which wound through the legendary ballpark’s concourses and ramps, leading adventurous runners up the stairs between levels, in 22 minutes.

The Runyon 5K, which raises money for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, is the only charitable run/walk that uses the iconic Stadium as its course. This year’s event raised more than $500,000 —and counting — for the nonprofit’s groundbreaking efforts to fight cancer.

All participants, who ranged in age from 5 to 78 years old, and hailed from 26 states, appeared on the centerfield video board as they took two laps around the warning track circling the field.

Friends, family and supporters watched the race from the Delta SKY360∞ Suite, mingling with the Damon Runyon scientists their contributions help support.

One hundred percent of all donations raised by participants will directly support scientists pursuing cures for all forms of cancer. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $3.5 million.

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