Oct. 3, 2020

2020 Winship 5K Virtual Event draws thousands

Capping a week of virtual activities, the celebration ceremony embodies the spirit of the Winship Win the Fight 5K and shows how the community has come together to raise funds for cancer research.

The 2020 Winship Win the Fight 5K annual race/walk concluded a week of virtual activities on Sat., Oct. 3rd, with a celebratory program featuring Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, WSB-TV reporter Mark Winne, Emory leaders, and Winship cancer survivors.

Despite being virtual, the Winship Win the Fight 5K annual race/walk drew nearly 2,000 participants and has raised over $650,000 to date for cancer research. The 2020 Winship 5K will continue to accept donations until Dec. 4th.

The 2020 Winship 5K has had broader geographic participation than any prior year. For example, the Delta Air Lines team, Keep Climbing Delta, had participants in the U.S. as well as in Nice, France. Team CanCare rallied people in the Washington, D.C. area. The faculty, staff and students at Emory's Oxford College formed a team this year in honor of their beloved tennis coach, Pernilla Hardin, who has been fighting ovarian cancer for several years.

"I am so appreciative of the extraordinary support we've seen for this year's Winship 5K," said Winship Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD. "We didn't know how a virtual Winship 5K would play out and it is been whatever our participants wanted it to be, and that was great."

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 140 teams formed and were highly active, including the EmoRayders with 220 members and the Leukidators with 222 members. Winship faculty and staff gathered small groups of colleagues together for socially distanced runs, and some rallied family members and friends to log their Winship 5K in their neighborhoods.

Next year's Winship Win the Fight 5K event is scheduled for Oct. 2nd, 2021!

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