PISCATAWAY—Helping someone struggling with cancer can be as simple as lacing up your running shoes and making a few clicks online.
So say organizers of the seventh annual High Speed Chase for the Cure 5K Run/3K Walk, who have just unveiled an improved online registration web page for the event. Proceeds from the Sept. 27 race in Piscataway will benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), which is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
High Speed Chase for the Cure was started in 2003 by Rutgers University police officers as a way to honor a colleague who had lost his battle with cancer, and has grown into a community-wide effort. Local businesses join forces with Rutgers University students, law enforcement and those who work at CINJ in an effort to promote awareness about the cancer programs provided through the New Brunswick facility.
The event raises money to support cancer research, treatment and community outreach. Proceeds are also used to assist cancer patients with financial needs they may have during treatment including the purchase of medications; medical supplies and equipment; transportation to and from CINJ on treatment days and other necessities. Since the event’s inception, nearly $70,000 has been raised to support these needs.
Leanne Kochy, director of special events for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation, notes they have a goal of raising $50,000 this year. “The new registration system affords greater ease to sign up and build a team. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of past participants and the community, who continue to be an amazing part of this event,” she said.
“Because of their dedication year after year, the race continues to grow, which in turn provides tremendous benefit to our patients and their families. We are truly grateful to all of our supporters and volunteers.”
This year’s run/walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) on the Rutgers University Livingston Campus in Piscataway. Check-in is from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee for the public is $20 by Aug. 25 and $25 after. USA Track and Field (USATF) members will pay $18 before Sept. 5 and $25 after. Students will pay $10. To register individuals and teams or to make a donation in support of the event, visit www.cinjfoundation.org or call 732-235-8614.
The course is USATF certified and scoring will be computerized with results being posted on www.compuscore.com. Awards will be given to both males and females in various age categories, and overall first, second or third place awards will be given. Special student awards also will be presented. Amenities include t-shirts, refreshments, prizes and entertainment.
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