Georgia Runner Incorporated is the most complete source for running events for the state of Georgia and the southeast. Need to raise money for a worthy cause? We can help! If you need assistance with your event, from complete event management, to finish line timing and results, to attractive awards for your overall and age group winners, we have you covered! We even help publicize your race through our online Magazine and Race Calendar.
Not only does our Calendar list all Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Series races, but all running events around the state that send us information. It provides links to the race information, links to their web sites and race flyers, and links to online registration.
In addition, if you participate in the Grand Prix races, you can check your points in real time, as well as current age group standings.
And our Results page has links to complete race results (not just age-group winners) sent in by race directors from around the state, as well as complete results from events timed by Georgia Runner Event Timing.
If you want to run a good 5K race; want to receive a neat, colorful race shirt; want to get fed well; want to have a chance to win some great prizes; and want to enjoy some good birthday cake and ice cream – well, what are you waiting for? Register here and travel to the up and coming community of Mableton, home of the Mable House entertainment center and former Governor Roy Barnes, on October 8, 2016 and we’ll be waiting for you! The guest of honor is Don McClellan, Georgia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Golden Circle Emmy honoree, and 55+ year reporter with WSB-television in Atlanta. Don is also among the Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Series point chasers. In deference to the “old guy”, participants in this event will earn DOUBLE Grand Prix points!
DATE: Saturday – October 8, 2016
PLACE: Georgia Runner, Inc. Headquarters, 909 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126
TIME: 5K Run/Walk – 2:00 P.M.
COST: $25.00 if received by 10/1/16, $30.00 after 10/1/16 and on race day
WHAT YOU RECEIVE: All runners and walkers will receive a colorful, quality, short-sleeved shirt, and be treated to plenty of food and fluids. Don’t want to walk or run, but still want to come to the party and get a commemorative shirt? Sign up as a Phantom runner and join us!
AWARDS: The 5K run/walk overall male and female Open and Masters winners, as well as the top three finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85, 86 & over.
QUESTIONS: Contact Georgia Runner Inc. at 678-214-5294 or Gary Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirk Smith to race with Team Free to Breathe to Fund Lung Cancer Research and Double Survival
Madison, WI (May 3, 2016) – Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022, is a charity partner and will have a team in the PPD IRONMAN® North Carolina triathlon presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, October 22. Joining the team is Athens, GA resident, lung cancer survivor and triathlete, Kirk Smith. In 2013, Smith was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer, which has a 5 percent five-year survival rate and is not curable.
“This is not about raising awareness—we’re all aware of cancer,” said Smith. “This is about educating people that research makes a huge difference. Research saves lives and allows cancer patients like me to live an active life.”
A doctor had seen some unusual masses in Smith’s chest during a scan, so he ordered a bronchoscopy. On December 26, 2013, Smith got the results and learned he had lung cancer. He was 51 with no history of smoking, and was a very healthy runner, triathlete and cyclist. Over the next few weeks, he learned he had stage 3B lung cancer caused by a genetic mutation called ALK+ (anaplastic lymphoma kinase). This gene rearrangement constitutes about 4-5% of all non-small cell lung cancer patients. In his case, Stage 3B meant that the cancer involved lymph nodes on the opposite side of the chest from the primary tumor, and also involved lymph nodes in the center of the chest (mediastinum). Stage 3B lung cancer is not curable and his treatment options were limited.
After the initial diagnosis, Smith began taking the relatively new targeted therapy drug, crizotinib (Xalkori), a drug developed specifically to combat the ALK+ mutation. It was working for the first four and a half months of his treatment. His tumors were shrinking but he was also experiencing some adverse side effects that were going to prevent him from taking the medication much longer. Then in May of that year, another drug, ceritinib (Zykadia), was approved by the FDA and he switched. Currently, Smith has been on the drug for almost two years. His tumors have shrunk, his lymph nodes are currently clear, and he is able to race and train at a high level.
“Lung cancer research receives the least amount of money of the top three cancers, yet it is the biggest killer—causing the death of more people each year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined,” said
Smith. “I want to use the platform of IRONMAN to show what the new medications are capable of, and to educate people that these new medications don’t happen without financial support for lung cancer research.”
Free to Breathe has raised over $14 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. This year the organization will be funding two new lung cancer research grants totaling over $1.2 million dollars.
There are still eight spots remaining on Team Free to Breathe for the 2016 PPD IRONMAN North Carolina triathlon presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. To join the team, there is a $150 registration fee and $3,500 fundraising commitment (registration fee counts toward that goal). To register or for more information, please visit www.freetobreathe.org/ironman.
Free to Breathe
Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. For more information, visit www.freetobreathe.org.
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