The holiday season is for the young and the young at heart… and there are an awful lot of folks who can’t imagine decorating for Christmas without setting up a model train under their tree. For those of us who don’t have the space (or patience) to set up tracks, there are a number of places to go to see a full-scale layout.
More than 2,300 people took part. For the second straight year, Matt Lowenthal, 28, from Woodhaven, Queens, was the top finisher at just under 22 minutes
The course went through Yankee Stadium’s concourses and ramps. All participants were shown on the centerfield video board as they ran or walked two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Friends, family and supporters were able to watch the race from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate and meet Damon Runyon scientists.
“Over the past six years, the proceeds from the Runyon 5K have allowed us to fund amazing cancer researchers doing incredible work,” said Damon Runyon President and CEO Lorraine Egan in a statement. “Our 5K participants have made breakthroughs possible – it’s as simple as that.”
Sunday, August 3rd, baseball fans will be able to run around the warning track and see themselves on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard as they help raise funds for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to fight cancer.
The 6th annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. The course goes through the stadium’s concourses, ramps and stairs as well as the field. Participants can register online at www.runyon5k.org or, space permitting, in person on the day of the race from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Last year’s event raised more than $760,000, and the Runyon 5K has raised more than $3 million for cancer research since it began in 2009.
Damon Runyon, who died from throat cancer in 1946, was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist and often covered Yankees games.
With the Subway Series taking place this week, it’s a perfect time to mention that the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s 6th annual Runyon 5K will return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday, August 3rd.
The event allows participants to circle the stadium’s warning track and see themselves on the center field video board. Registration is underway at www.runyon5k.org, with a $40 entry fee (which increases to $50 on July 1st.) All participants are required to raise a minimum of $60.
Last year’s event raised more than $760,000 for cancer research, organizers said, and past participants have ranged in age from 5 to 78 years old.
“As always, 100 percent of all donations raised by participants in this event will directly support the country’s most brilliant young scientists, who are doing incredible work to find cures for all forms of cancer,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation through a press release. “We identify and fund the best and brightest researchers, we enable risk-taking on bold, new ideas, and we accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into new diagnostic tools and treatments. This unique summer event allows us to have fun while funding breakthroughs.”