Is there anything more heartbreaking then seeing a child battle Cancer? If there is, I can’t imagine much more difficult. In Salem, on Saturday, July 11th you can run in the Run4Day 5K & 10K Run & 1 Mile Walk. The race benefits local families in treatment for pediatric cancer through information resources, financial assistance, physical acts of service and emotional support. From their website:
4Him2Day is a local 501c3 non-profit organization which started in May of 2010 to help families in the Willamette Valley. Since starting in 2010, 4Him2Day has provided assistance to over 55 families with children treating for pediatric cancer. The organization was founded by Craig and Abby King following the loss of their 6 year old son, Darian, to osteosarcoma in April of 2009.
This year’s event continues Minto Brown Island Park this year and added a Half Marathon to their 10k and 5k (and 1 mile)distances as well. All racess will begin at 8a. The course will travel around the park and alternate between concrete paths and dirt/bark trails. I have never ran a timed half marathon at Minto Brown Park, though I know it’s possible (and awesome) from my own personal runs there. It’s truly a great place to run.
Over 150 participants joined us for the 1st Run4Day in 2012 and that number increased to over 225 in 2013! Registrants continue to climb, which is fantastic when a race supports something as awesome as this one. The small-ish event has grown from hand timing to now being professionally served by Huber Timing. Online race registration is through Ticketbud.com, who have a very nominal service charge due to the cause that this race is supporting. Very cool stuff.
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.