9th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, July 15

(PRNewsfoto/Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fo)

(PRNewsfoto/Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fdn)

BRONX, New York /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will hold the 9th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium – and 100 percent of funds raised will directly support innovative cancer research by brilliant, early career scientists.

“Over the years, the donations generated from the Runyon 5K have helped to fund significant breakthroughs in cancer research. From curing a solid tumor with chemotherapy to finding a link between cancer and smoking, our researchers, including 12 Nobel Prize winners, are behind some of the greatest discoveries,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of Damon Runyon. “As the only 5K held at Yankee Stadium, we are thankful to the Yankees organization for being such a dedicated partner in our continued fight against cancer in all of its forms.”

NY Yankees StadiumThe Runyon 5K route winds through the ballpark’s concourses and ramps, and up stairs between levels. Participants will 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.
Since 2009, the Runyon 5K has raised nearly $4.5 million for cancer research. For registration details, visit runyon5k.org or email runyon5k@damonrunyon.org.

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.

The 2017 Runyon 5K is presented by MetLife Foundation.

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