Since 2009, the 5K has raised more than $2 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts in the fight against cancer.
Participants are responsible for a $40 registration fee and a $60 fundraising minimum. On July 1, the registration fee increases to $50.
The course takes runners and walkers through Yankee Stadium’s concourses and ramps, but the highlight is two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Friends, family and supporters will be able to watch the race from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate and meet the Damon Runyon scientists their contributions help support.
“Over the past five years, the proceeds from the Runyon 5K have allowed us to fund amazing cancer researchers doing incredible work,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation in a press release. “Our 5K participants are making breakthroughs possible – it’s as simple as that.”
I spent the afternoon at the New York Botanical Garden to check out its holiday train show. While the trains get top billing, the real stars of the attraction are the miniature versions of famous New York City landmarks handcrafted from natural materials like bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones.
I went to the Mariners vs. Yankees game with a friend last night. For a little while, I wondered if I’d get to see C.C. Sabathia pitch a no-hitter. After Casper Wells hit a home run, I wondered for a while if I was watching s bizarre one-hitters. It turned out that C.C. was just pitching a complete game victory.
A 21-year-old rookie named Carter Capps made his major league debut for the Mariners and was throwing 100 mph fastballs. And after 12 years, I finally saw future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki play in person.
But the on-field highlight of the night? Watching Ollie Perez come in out of the bullpen to face Robinson Cano, Mark Texieira, Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher. After all the times I got stuck watching him pitch (terribly) for the Mets in 2009 and 2010, it was fitting to see he’s still the same old Ollie in a new jersey.
The Yankees will be in Toronto to play the Blue Jays on Sunday, August 12th, but Yankee Stadium will not be empty. Thousands of runners, cancer survivors and supporters will gather for the fourth annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Since 2009, the event has raised more than $1.4 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
Registration is now underway, and it’s limited to 4,000 people. Participants pay a $40 registration fee and must fundraise at least $60. On July 12th, the registration fee will increase to $50 if spots still remain. Family and friends will be able to watch from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate.
“We’re so grateful to the New York Yankees and all of our sponsors for helping make this possible year after year,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “And we couldn’t ask for better supporters. They really enjoy the incredible Stadium views and work so hard every summer to raise money for cancer research.”