This has very little to do with the Yankees, but it’s a nice event for a wonderful cause, and it’s certainly worth mentioning on this off day. Good work by the Yankees organization to be involved with something like this. Here are the details — as provided by the folks running the event — about this year’s Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium.
On the morning of August 18, thousands of baseball fans, runners, walkers, cancer survivors, and their friends and family will gather at Yankee Stadium to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. One of New York’s most unique summer events, the Runyon 5K is the only charitable run/walk that uses the iconic Stadium as its course. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the 5K has raised more than $2 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s groundbreaking efforts to strike out cancer.
Registration is open at www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium. Participants are responsible for a $40 registration fee and a $60 fundraising minimum. After July 1, the registration fee increases to $50.
The first heat of competitive runners will take off from the start line inside Gate 4 at 9:30am, followed by later heats of runners and walkers, with the last heat taking off in the early afternoon. Participants will wind through the legendary ballpark’s concourses and ramps, climb stairs between levels, and appear on the centerfield video board as they take two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Friends, family and supporters will have a chance to watch the race from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate and meet the Damon Runyon scientists their contributions help support.
Last year’s event drew a capacity crowd of 4,000 participants – from 5-78 years old and traveling from 35 states. Click to see videos and photos of the 2012 Runyon 5K. As always, 100% of all donations raised by participants will directly support the nation’s most brilliant young scientists, pursuing cures for all forms of cancer.
“Over the past five years, the proceeds from the Runyon 5K have allowed us to fund amazing cancer researchers doing incredible work,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “Our 5K participants are making breakthroughs possible – it’s as simple as that.”
The Runyon 5K is the latest chapter in the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s long history with the Yankees. After the Foundation’s establishment in 1946, 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.
The 2013 Runyon 5K is presented by MetLife Foundation, with additional support from Brick-Run Sports Physical Therapy, NYSID, 24 Hour Fitness, NBC 4 New York, the New York Daily News, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and the New York Yankees.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research. The Foundation has gained worldwide prominence in cancer research by identifying outstanding researchers and physician-scientists. Eleven scientists supported by the Foundation have received the Nobel Prize. Since its founding in 1946, Damon Runyon has invested more than $260 million and funded more than 3,380 young scientists.
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