The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Helps DC Metro Step Away From Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2010

CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Runners, walkers and people who just want to stay fit will come together for a morning of fun and physical fitness on Saturday, September 25, at West Potomac Park for the Second Annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K. The family-friendly walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K encourages the public to take steps to reduce their cancer risk by getting fit, getting smart and getting medical screenings. Last year’s 5K drew 400 participants, so register today at: www.preventcancerfoundation5K.org. Registration is $30; children under the age of 12 are free. Fitness Guru Denise Austin is the Honorary Race Chairperson. WUSA Television 9 Weekday Morning Anchor Andrea Roane will be mistress of ceremonies and Special Guest Ivan Carter, host of Comcast’s Washington Post Live, will attend. Trainers from Sport & Health will lead the crowd in pre-race warm ups starting at 7:30 a.m. and DC’s favorite Apple Dumplin’ the clown will also be in attendance. An award ceremony will follow the race.

This year a new element has been added to the 5K as participants can now form teams or run or walk in honor or in memory of a loved one. Kelli Mitchell of Falls Church, Virginia, has formed “Team Alan” in memory of Alan Matz, a retired Navy veteran and NASA engineer who passed away from liver cancer in August of this year.

“Forming Team Alan was one of the most rewarding ways that we could honor such an incredible and beloved man,” Mitchell said. “We are so happy to be able to celebrate his life and his memory by raising awareness and fighting this terrible disease.”

Registration closes Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3 p.m. The first 500 runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Transponder time operated by Capital Running Company will be used to score the race.  The fastest three men and women overall will receive gift certificates of $100, $75, and $50 based upon their place. The top finisher in each of the age groups will get a $25 gift certificate. Random drawing prizes will also be awarded. Race sponsors include PhRMA, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Scribb, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Proceeds from the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K will support the Foundation’s cancer prevention and early detection, research and educational programs; and community outreach to all populations, including the underserved nationwide.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.
Since its inception the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $113 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.