More than 3,500 people are expected to take part in the 16th-annual Swedish SummeRun on Sunday, July 25 at 8 a.m. on Seattle’s First Hill. Proceeds from the 10K (6.2 mile) race as well as the 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk will benefit the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research™ (MRCOCR; www.marsharivkin.org). Last year’s event raised $562,000 for the Center’s research efforts. Over the last 15 years, Swedish SummeRun has raised more than $4 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. The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,880 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and that 13,850 women will die of the disease in 2010.
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 new early diagnostic tests and treatment.
The 10K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K run and walk will get under way at 8:20 a.m. Participants can take part in an aerobics warm-up session starting at 7:40 a.m. Afterward (starting around 9:30 a.m.), runners, walkers, volunteers and other supporters will be treated to a post-event celebration featuring a tribute to ovarian-cancer survivors, complimentary refreshments and other freebies, music, a random prize drawing, and distribution of the overall race awards.
Both events start at the corner of Madison St. and Minor Ave. and head north through Seattle’s scenic Capitol Hill neighborhood before finishing back on Swedish’s First Hill Campus on Minor Ave.
Day-of-event registration and pre-registered packet pick up will open at 6:30 a.m. at the corner of Marion St. and Minor Ave. Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $25 before 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 or $30 on race day.
For more information, visit www.summerun.org or call 206-215-6700.
News Media Note
Numerous ovarian-cancer survivors from throughout the region who are taking part in this year’s Swedish SummeRun have agreed to share their stories with interested news media. Reporters interested in speaking with a survivor and/or an ovarian-cancer physician expert (in advance or on Sunday morning at the event), should simply contact Clint Burwell (Cell: 206-604-7503, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maggie Angle (Cell: 206-225-3282, email@example.com).