Once again, you can run through Yankee Stadium for an awfully good cause this year. Registration is now open for the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Here are the details from the group that runs the race.
While the New York Yankees take on the Blue Jays in Toronto on August 12, thousands of baseball fans, runners, cancer survivors, and supporters will gather at Yankee Stadium for the fourth annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Since 2009, the run/walk has raised more than $1.4 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which funds groundbreaking cancer research conducted by today’s most innovative young scientists.
The first heat of the 5K will launch at 9:30 a.m. from inside Gate 4 before winding through the legendary ballpark’s concourses and ramps. Participants will climb stairs between levels and appear on the center field video board as they take two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Over the past four years, the Runyon 5K has become one of New York’s most unique summer events and the only charitable run/walk to use the iconic stadium as its course.
Registration for individuals and teams opened (last week) at www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium and is limited to the first 4,000 registrants. Participants pay a $40 registration fee and must fund raise at least $60. On July 12, the registration fee will increase to $50. Family and friends will have the opportunity to meet Damon Runyon scientists and watch the event from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate.
100% of all funds raised by participants will go directly to Damon Runyon cancer researchers. “We’re so grateful to the New York Yankees and all of our sponsors for helping make this possible year after year,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “And we couldn’t ask for better supporters. They really enjoy the incredible Stadium views and work so hard every summer to raise money for cancer research.”
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, established in 1946 and based in New York City, has a long history with the Yankees. Joe DiMaggio was on its Board of Directors and Mickey Mantle was an active fundraiser. Damon Runyon himself was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist, revolutionizing how the game was covered and often reporting on Yankees games.
Last year’s event raised more than $730,000 and drew a capacity crowd of 4,000 participants — from 5 to 76 years old and traveling from 30 states.