Run for the Ribbons 5K set for April 18

* Jan. 20: New cause, modified course for DPK 5K
* Register online
* 2015 Richmond County running schedule

ROCKINGHAM – oin The Foundation of FirstHealth for the Run for the Ribbons 5K on Saturday, April at its new location through downtown Rockingham. Run for the Ribbons is an annual 5K (3.1-mile) and family fun 1K that raises cancer awareness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices including fitness, healthy eating and education on cancer prevention.

The Run for the Ribbons 5K is the second 5K of the Richmond County running season and the first of three consecutive weekends which feature local 3.1-mile running and walking events. On April 25 the Cordova School will host its 5K and on May 2 the Rockingham Middle School Running Club will stage its second annual Run for Technology 5K at Hinson Lake.

 

New this year, proceeds will benefit both The Foundation of FirstHealth’s Cancer CARE Fund and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham.

Participants in the inaugural Big Fun Run take off from the start in March 2014 in downtown Rockingham.

Participants in the inaugural Big Fun Run take off from the start in March 2014 in downtown Rockingham.

“For five years, Run for the Ribbons has been a great way for participants to honor and remember those fighting cancer, while supporting the Cancer CARE Fund in an extraordinary way,” said Kathy Stockham, President of the Foundation. “Since 2000, the Cancer CARE Fund has provided more than $1 million in direct support to cancer patients. We are thrilled to be welcomed by the (city) of Rockingham since 25 percent of the cancer patients served are from Richmond County. And to top off the collaboration, partnering with Discovery KIDS-Rockingham made that connection to this community even stronger.”

The Foundation of FirstHealth teamed up with Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and their Big Fun Run 1K, which promoted the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise for young children and their families through the I CAN Be Healthy program.

“Last year’s Big Fun Run was a huge success as we brought families together to promote exercise and active living in a fun way. When The Foundation of FirstHealth came to us with this partnership, we were really excited to work together to promote healthy lifestyles and to help raise awareness for cancer that affects so many families,” said Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham Director Katie Rohleder.

Thanks to the new partnership, the 2015 Run for the Ribbons has relocated from the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford to Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham. This rolling course will feature the downtown Rockingham area as well as a short trek along the Riverwalk trail with start and finish line at Discovery Place KIDS.

Participants can walk, run, volunteer or donate to help save lives and educate community members about health. This support helps The Foundation of FirstHealth Cancer CARE Fund and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham provide significant funding, programs and awareness to the community.

To register for the Run for the Ribbons 5K or family fun 1K, click here. Race registration includes free admission to Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham on the day of the race for each race participant. Registration for the 5k is $30 through April 14 and $35 after April 14. Registration for the 1k is $15 through race day.

Race packets can be picked up from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at Hitchcock Place, located across the street from Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham on E. Washington Street, and 7:00 a.m. on race day at the Registration tent. For more information, click here.

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