More than three thousand walkers and runners are expected to lace up their sneakers and raise money for cancer research on Saturday, October 1st at the sixth annual Winship Win the Fight 5K. Registration is officially open for the event which is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.
Participants are hoping for clear skies when they gather at the starting line at 8:30 am on the Emory campus at the McDonough Field complex on Asbury Circle. The course will wind through the beautiful historic neighborhood of Druid Hills.
John Schuerholz, vice chairman of the Atlanta Braves, will serve as grand marshal of the event. "It means a lot to me as a cancer survivor that the money raised at this event will stay right here in our community to benefit cancer research at Winship," says Schuerholz.
Registration is $35 for non-chipped timed runners and walkers and $40 for a timing chip. Participants who cannot join the event on race day have an option to participate virtually as a "Sleep-in Warrior" and can donate to the cause and be recognized.
"The Winship Win the Fight 5K is unique because it allows participants to direct their tax-deductible donations to benefit specific cancer research projects based on their personal interests. Funds can be directed to one of 18 different areas," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Winship's executive director.