SEATTLE, July 17, 2006 – An estimated 3,500 people are expected to take part in the 12th-annual Swedish SummeRun this Sunday, July 23 at 8 a.m. on Seattle's First Hill. The 10K (6.2 mile) race as well as the 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk benefits the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research™ (MRCOCR).
The 10K race begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run and walk gets under way at 8:20 a.m. Both events start at the corner of Madison and Minor and head north through Seattle's scenic Capitol Hill neighborhood before finishing back on Swedish's First Hill Campus on Marion St.
Last year's event raised $317,000 for the center's research efforts. Organizers are optimistic this year's event will raise the bar even higher. Over the last 11 years, Swedish SummeRun has raised more than $1.9 million for the MRCOCR.
Although ovarian cancer is relatively rare compared to breast cancer, it's usually not detected until it has reached the more advanced stages when it's often too late to cure. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 20,180 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2006. About 15,310 women will die of the disease.
Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Oncologist Saul Rivkin, M.D., founded the MRCOCR in honor of his late wife, Marsha, who died of the disease in 1993. Through SummeRun proceeds, the center helps fund promising studies that may lead to breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment.
"If more people are made aware of this disease and more funding is made available, maybe someday we'll develop a good diagnostic tool or even a cure," says Dr. Rivkin. He encourages people to join him and his five daughters in the fight against ovarian cancer by participating in or volunteering at this year's Swedish SummeRun.
As a way to show support and generate awareness about this important cause, participants are encouraged to raise pledges online and inform family and friends about the event and ovarian-cancer research. Runners and walkers can also take part in honor of a person who has battled or is battling cancer. For a donation of $10 or more to the MRCOCR, people will receive a Wall-of-Honor sticker that can be personalized with the name of the person you would like to honor.
On race day participants will be treated to pre-event music and an aerobics warm-up session at 7:40 a.m. Afterward, runners, walkers, volunteers and other supporters will be treated to a post-event celebration emceed by John Curley, host of KING Television's Evening Magazine program. It will feature complimentary refreshments and other freebies, music, a tribute to local ovarian-cancer survivors, and a random prize drawing. Overall race awards will also be given out at this time. Group and divisional awards will be mailed to winners within three weeks of the event.
In-person registration will continue until noon on Saturday, July 22 at the following locations:
• Super Jock ‘n Jill (Greenlake): 206-522-7711
• Footzone (Bellevue): 425-462-7463
• Footzone (Issaquah): 425-391-3132
• Footzone (Redmond): 425-556-0383
• Seattle Running Company (Capitol Hill): 206-329-1466
Registration fees, which include a T-shirt, are $25 per person through Saturday, July 22 or $30 per person on race day. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Marion between Boylston and Minor.
Swedish SummeRun will be timed using a timing-chip system. All runners will be required to wear a timing chip during the event. Runners without a timing chip will not be timed or show in the results. All runners must return their chip at the conclusion of the race or they will be charged $30.
Free parking will be available until 2 p.m. in Swedish's Minor and Marion Garage, which can be accessed from the corner of Boren and Marion.
Corporate partners of this year's event include Bensussen Deutsch & Associates Inc., Kaye-Smith, Abraxis Oncology, Bob Bridge Toyota, and Cell Therapeutics Inc.
For more information about the 12-annual Swedish SummeRun – including how and where to register to run, walk or volunteer – call 206-215-6700 or visit www.swedish.org/summerun
The MRCOCR is named after Marsha Rivkin, late wife of Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologist Dr. Saul Rivkin. Marsha died of ovarian cancer in 1993. Dr. Rivkin and his five daughters created this event in her memory and in recognition of the ongoing fight against this deadly disease. All funds raised through the Swedish SummeRun support the center's mission: To save lives and reduce suffering through improved treatment, early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. A "center without walls," the MRCOCR is the locus for convening local collaborators and for screening women at risk for ovarian cancer. Jointly sponsored by Swedish Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, it is the only center on the West Coast solely dedicated to facilitating ovarian-cancer research. For more information about the center, call 206-215-6200 or 1-800-328-1124 or visit www.marsharivkin.org