SEATTLE, July 21, 2011 - More than 3,600 people are expected to take part in the 17th-annual Swedish SummeRun on Sunday, July 24 at 8:15 a.m. on Seattle’s First Hill. Proceeds from the 5k (3.1-mile) run and walk will benefit the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research™ (MRCOCR; www.marsharivkin.org).
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. Last year’s event raised more than $426,000. Over the last 16 years, Swedish SummeRun has raised nearly $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 21,900 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and that 15,460 women will die of the disease in 2011.
The 5k run and walk will get under way at 8:15 a.m. Participants can take part in an aerobics warm-up session starting at 7:55 a.m. Afterward (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.
The run and walk will 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.
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. Day-of-event registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $35 per person. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.
For more information, visit www.summerun.org or call 206-215-6200.