Coming up this weekend our community has a lot of key events going on. A big one for Georgetown Running Company is Georgetown University’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life is putting on a casual 5K on March 30th for more information visit http://tinyurl.com/5krelay
If you are unfamiliar with Relay for Life it is a great organization helping with the fight against cancer.
Relay For Life was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt. As an oncologist, Dr. Klatt was tired of seeing his cancer patients suffer and he pledged to walk around a track for 24 hours in honor of their fight. Members of the community supported him by making donations to the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay For Life has grown into a global movement to fight back against cancer. At Relay For Life events, groups of families, friends, students, companies and civic organizations form teams and take turns walking about the track. Each team has a campsite with a theme and fundraiser. We Relay because our lives have been touched by cancer. We celebrate by honoring cancer survivors with a catered dinner and special Survivor’s Lap during Relay. We remember loved ones lost with a touching Luminaria Ceremony. We fight back by raising funds for cancer research and patient services, and pledging to learn about cancer prevention in our everyday lives.
Relay For Life at Georgetown
Since 2007, Georgetown University has raised over $2.1 Million for the American Cancer Society. Our event has been recognized nationally as one of the top collegiate events, receiving the “Best Rookie Relay” award, “Best of the Best Award” and Nationwide Top Five Youth Per Capita Fundraising Award. We welcome over 40 cancer survivors and their caregivers to our event each year. A student committee plans for Relay and organizes initiatives throughout the academic year. They have a table each Friday in Red Square to recruit students to register for the event and promote mission initiatives such as making cards for children at the Lombardi Cancer Center. The student committee also volunteers it’s time at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in nearby Baltimore, MD. Over 2,000 students from all corners of the Hilltop participate in our 12-hour overnight event on Harbin Multisport Field. In addition to the Survivor Lap and Luminaria Ceremony, highlights of the event are eating contests, dance and a cappella performances, a bounce house, tie dye and a push-up contest. This year, Relay For Life is on Friday, April 11th, from 3pm to 3am. We will be hosting a Survivor Reception at 5:30pm, and having our Survivor Lap at 7pm. The Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30pm. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.relayforlife.org/gudc
Also this weekend is the DC Running Club’s Runway 5 Miler/5K, a women’s only red carpet affair. A fantastic event that is a full scope event of pampering for the ladies. For more info go to www.dcrunningclub.com or DC Running Club on Facebook.
Spring is coming as soon as this recent snow melts, think warm thoughts everyone. Happy Running!