The 2015 James 5k Race Series will feature five annual running events in central Ohio that will reach more than 5,000 participants, friends and family members. Proceeds from these races benefit five different areas of cancer research including multiple myeloma, lung, leukemia, sarcoma and breast cancers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Proceeds from these events reach more than $400,000 annually. The James 5k Race Series was established in 2014 to support these races by increasing awareness, dollars and participants and will continue to grow in all aspects as we add new races in future years.
|Move MMORE 5k (8th Annual)
June 6, 2015
Contact: Annie Nelson
In 2014, a record-breaking crowd of 850 race participants joined in the activities at the MoveMMORE 5K & 1 Mile run/walk. The runners and walkers enjoyed the beautiful trails at Wolfe Park in Bexley, Ohio, while making a difference in the fight against multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the bone marrow cells. The event included race awards, live music performed by a band, vendor booths and photo opportunities. The 2014 event generated more than $50,000 to benefit multiple myeloma research at the OSUCCC – James.
|Jack Roth Rock and Roll Run (10th Annual)
June 7, 2015
Bexley High School
Contact: Janice Roth
On June 8, 2014, the 9th annual Jack Roth 5K Rock & Run/Walk was filled with family-friendly activities such as face painting, bounce houses, track dash for kids, food and music. The race took more than 500 runners and walkers through central Bexley’s beautiful neighborhoods and finished on the track at the high school. Proceeds of $60,000 donated to the OSUCCC – James from the 2014 event will benefit the Jack Roth Memorial Fund and ground breaking lung cancer research efforts led by Miguel Villalona, MD and David Carbone, MD, PhD. Additional proceeds from the event will support Camp Netaim, a program in Israel that Roth was passionate for that helps children with special needs.
|CLunger Beats 5000 (3nd Annual)
August 30, 2015
Contact: Mike Luong
CLunger Beats 5000 is held each year in memory of Cory Lunger and his courageous battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In 2014, over 500 runners and walkers were registered for the race held outside of Ohio Stadium. Despite heavy rainfall, more than 400 participants and supporters attended the race that morning. The event raised over $28,000 to fund research for ALL at the OSUCCC – James. When Cory Lunger started this endeavor in March 2013, his goal was to raise $10,000 a year for five years. In its first two years the event has raised over $45,000!
|Steps for Sarcoma (6th Annual)
September 13, 2015
Contact: Kristin Moore
In 2014, over 1,200 participants and dogs gathered to support the 5th annual Steps for Sarcoma 5K walk/run, a family and pet-friendly event. The event was held at Wendy’s International Headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and included survivor photos, face painting, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The Steps for Sarcoma event has become the largest run/walk in the nation for sarcoma support. Joel Mayerson, MD, and Thomas Scharschmidt, MD, spoke to the crowd about how the proceeds of more than $200,000 raised by the event will be used for sarcoma research and patient care at the OSUCCC – James. In Steps for Sarcoma, Sarcoma is a rare form of soft tissue or bone cancer that accounts for about 10 percent of childhood cancers and less than 1 percent of adult malignancies. Soft tissue sarcomas account for about 15 percent of tumors in dogs.
|Courage Conquer and Cure 5k (4th Annual)
October 3, 2015
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Contact: Jodi Brown
The cold weather didn’t stop the 3rd annual Courage, Conquer and Cure 5K from having another year of record-breaking participation and fundraising in 2014. More than 880 walkers and runners gathered on the streets of Canal Winchester to show their support and desire to conquer breast cancer. Tracy Townsend, 10TV News anchor and reporter, returned for her third year to emcee this special event. William Farrar, MD, medical director of the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, spoke on behalf of the OSUCCC – James and the Spielman Fund. Maddie Spielman, Stefanie and Chris’s oldest daughter, spoke about her family’s commitment to carry on her mother’s mission. Runners and walkers took off from the start line and passed pink flags that lined High Street to commemorate loved ones and honor survivors. The day included live music from the band Bad Influence, vendor booths that lined the sidewalks and raffle items. In 2014, Courage, Conquer and Cure raised more than $39,000 for the Spielman Fund, bringing the three-year total to more than $65,000.
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