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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to Hold Annual Runyon 5K

Aug 01 | Sat |

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Registration will be open soon for the 12th Annual Runyon 5K, which will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Yankee Stadium. 100% of donations raised will directly support bold and innovative scientists funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Runyon 5K has raised more than $5.6 million to help fund breakthrough cancer research.

“Each year, the Runyon 5K draws people from all five boroughs and the entire tri-state area, and beyond. From cancer survivors and their friends and family members to baseball fans and runners, all participants come with a common goal: to support groundbreaking cancer research that will save lives,” said Yung S. Lie, PhD, President and CEO of Damon Runyon. “We encourage anyone who has been touched by cancer to join us at Yankee Stadium.”

The Runyon 5K route starts at Gate 4 and winds through the ballpark’s concourses and ramps, and up the stairs between levels. Participants have the opportunity to take two laps around the warning track that circles the field, appear on the centerfield video board, and meet scientists funded by Damon Runyon.

Staggered Start 9:25 AM – Opening Remarks and Kickoff 9:30 AM – 5K Run/Walk Begins at Gate 4

The Runyon 5K marks the latest chapter in the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s long history with the Yankees. After the Foundation’s establishment in 1946, Joe DiMaggio was on its Board of Directors and Mickey Mantle was an active fundraiser. Damon Runyon, who died from throat cancer in 1946, was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist. He revolutionized how the game was covered and often reported on Yankees games. About the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research. The Foundation has invested over $375 million and funded more than 3,750 young scientists, including 12 Nobel Laureates. 100% of donations made to the Foundation are used to support scientific research.

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Venue: Yankee Stadium

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