Join us for the second annual 8.5 k race at Ijams Nature Center. This paved race along Will Skelton greenway is 28,000 steps for the 28,000 children living with a brain tumor. Join us in raising money and awareness for pediatric brain tumor patients by supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the PLGA Foundation. Pediatric brain cancer is the number one killer of all childhood cancers. We need funding for research and safer treatments.
Our son, Brody, was diagnosed at age 8 with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. We have been so blessed with the outcome of his surgery at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and his health since March 31, 2015 but we are living with this unknown long-term prognosis. Many families are not so fortunate or living with uncertainties and health complications. We want to give back and bring together children and families in East Tennessee with this race, fun run, and festival which concludes with the lighting of lanterns for children living with brain tumors. If you raise $100 or more, you will donate a lantern in honor of a 'star', a child living with a brain tumor.
All 'STAR' families are encouraged to attend. Brain tumor survivors will be recognized. Please email race coordinator, Sarah Hamilton, to confirm your attendence so that we will have enough t-shirts and medals for these special kids. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There will be $$ awards for top 5 male and female finishers in both the 8.5k. The top 3 male and female will be awarded $$ for the 5k race as this is a chipped (timed) race! There will also be a fun run/ walk that is around 1 mile. All kids get a finsher ribbon!
( *Note: Less than half a mile for the 8.5 k race will be on a flat gravel road, 'River Trail', at Ijams. Most of the 8.5k is along the paved Will Skelton greenway.)