Winship Win the Fight 5K

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Get set, register, and raise money for the Winship Win the Fight 5K!

The inaugural Winship Win the Fight 5K in October, 2011 was a phenomenal success, exceeding initial goals of both runners and funds raised by a factor of two!

Now, join Winship for the second annual Winship Win the Fight 5K to walk or run on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012!

"We hoped to have 700 participants and to raise $100,000 to support Winship's research mission," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., executive director of Winship and chief promoter of the 5K. "Through the amazing support of our friends and the community, we had 1,700 runners and walkers, and we raised more than $200,000. We also had a great time bringing together the community and raising awareness about the fight against cancer."

Curran himself also had a great time on the course—he won the 60–year–old–and–older category!

Race promoters across the state were amazed at the success of the race. First races often attract a few hundred runners and grow steadily over the years. The Winship Win the Fight 5K got off to such a fast start that those familiar with races predict the race will become one of the fall's featured running events.

The fact that the race is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier no doubt helped attract a number of runners, but many of those who participated in the race for a reason other than to qualify for Peachtree said they derived a great deal of personal satisfaction from the race. The Rev. Joseph Peek, a Roman Catholic priest who walked the race, used the experience as a way to raise money for Winship and to help those who may have been too sick to participate. Peek, a leukemia survivor, has struggled for years with graft-versus-host disease and for many months was too weak to walk. The inactivity was challenging for the former Navy rescue swimmer. The Winship Win the Fight 5K became a victory lap of sorts for the him. And his team—Patient Endurance—raised more than $2,000. 

The course will start again at McDonough Field on the Emory campus and wend its way through the beautiful Druid Hills neighborhood. Registration has begun, and you can start assembling your team—and fundraising—now! Mark the date, join the race, and help Win the Fight!

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