Run, walk to benefit St.Vincent Cancer Care returns to Zionsville Sept. 17


By Renee Larr

The annual Cancer Run/Walk Challenge to benefit St.Vincent Cancer Care will return Sept. 17.

“It’s an annual event where 100 percent of the proceeds go to SVCC,” race co-chair Cari Jafras said. “It benefits cancer patients, caregivers, family members, etc.”

The family-friendly event includes a 10-mile run/walk and a 5K run/walk. Cost to participate is $55 for the run and $40 for the walk. Participants are also encouraged to fundraise prior to the event. Those who raise $1,000 or more will be crowned Super Champions.

“A lot of the employee teams rally together to see who can raise the most money,” Jafras said.  “There is an award for the most fundraising. You can have individuals donate to your team or you can get people to sponsor you. The Super Champions will have a tent afterwards with massages available.”

The event will take place at 8 a.m. in Lions Park in Zionsville. On site registration begins at 6:30 a.m., but participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. The running event will be timed for runners who want to qualify for other races.

“People will be crossing the finish line at different times so they will be presenting the check to the foundation beforehand,” Jafras said.

Participation and fundraising amounts have steadily increased over the years.

“Our goal this year is 1,200 participants. We had a little over 1,000 people last year. Our fundraising goal is $350,000,” Jafras said.

A number of other events will be going on during and after the race.

“There will be race merchandise. We will have information from the survivorship team. This year the (Indiana) National Guard will be here. They have a team participating. So they’re going to have a hands-on obstacle course set up,” Jafras said.

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