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The 8th Annual GO Run 5K/Fun Run presented by the Catranis Family Charitable Foundation is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, at the University of South Alabama. Proceeds from the event will benefit gynecologic cancer research at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile.
The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. at the Moulton Bell Tower and Alumni Plaza, located near the USA Mitchell Center on the university campus, with a Fun Run following at 9 a.m. The event includes prizes, music, vendor booths, food and children’s activities. Teams are encouraged to compete for awards in a variety of categories, including Most Spirited, Best Dressed and more. Individual awards will be presented in all age categories.
The GO Run is held each September during Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, which draws attention to cancers of the female reproductive system. MCI is the lead site in the development of a new gynecologic cancer screening tool that targets endometrial and ovarian cancer. It is estimated that more than 98,000 women nationwide will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society.
“The GO Run is a wonderful event that honors our current patients and the women who have been affected by this disease,” said Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Service at MCI. “Each year we exceed our goals to raise awareness for gynecologic malignancies as well as raise money to eliminate these diseases.”
Participants may register at www.usamci.com/gorun or in person at McCoy Outdoor and Run-N-Tri in Mobile, or Running Wild in Fairhope. The cost for participants is $25 for adults, $10 for youth ages 10 and under, and $20 for “runner in spirit.” Online registration closes at noon Sept. 17.
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