Exercise & Fitness

Four Weekends, Six Races

Log miles and support local charities and organizations with a host of runs over the next month.

Football season is upon us—who will you be rooting for? Show your team pride during the Rivalry Run Saturday, Aug. 13th at Power & Light and help your favorite university or high school earn bragging rights. Select a team during registration and they will be awarded a point—each $25 donation also earns your team a point with funds raised benefitting the Domestic Violence Protection Services Agency.

One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Sign up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Aug. 14th at Union Station and you’ll be helping raise money to support Komen’s fight against the disease. Options include a one-mile family fun run/walk as well as a timed or untimed 5K. The race also features a powerful parade celebrating breast cancer survivors.

Pink is the color of choice at Race for the Cure, but you’ll also see it donned during the Diva Dash 5K at Corporate Woods Saturday, Aug. 20th. The race is only open to women and girls and supports a fittingly female-empowering cause: charity partner Girls on the Run. Divas in training (a.k.a. girls 8 and under) can participate in the Lil’ Princess Fun Run and receive a tiara and medal.

The name says it all: Race4 Domestic Violence Prevention supports domestic violence prevention efforts in the metro through outreach and educational programming at Hope House, SafeHome, Newhouse and Safe Haven. The Saturday, Aug. 27th 5K will be held in Hyde Park and followed by an after party at Kelly’s.

Head for the Cure aims to inspire hope for the brain cancer community—patients, families, friends and caregivers—by raising awareness and funds. Dedicated to the memory of avid runner Chris Anthony, who lost his life to a brain tumor, the Sunday, Aug. 28th race at Corporate Woods looks to raise $350,000.

Natalie’s A.R.T. 5K also celebrates the life of a local taken by cancer: 8-year-old Natalie Fleischaker suffered from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and inoperable malignant tumor in the brain stem. Now the race named in her honor raises money to support organizations working to improve treatment methods and the experience of childhood cancer patients as well as raising awareness of pediatric brain tumors. The Saturday, Sept. 3 race begins and ends at South Creek Office Park and includes a pancake breakfast.