Coaches vs. Cancer 5K set for Friday in State College

bmilazzo@centredaily.comMarch 20, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    The cost is $15 for the basic Coaches vs. Cancer 5K race registration, $20 for a personalized scoreboard message in honor of someone. The first 200 runners will receive a T-shirt or get one free ticket to a State College Spikes game. Every runner will receive a Delgrosso spaghetti dinner at Grace Lutheran Church on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

More than 240 people already are registered for the 13th annual State College Coaches vs. Cancer 5K, which is 6 p.m. Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a national organization that raises awareness for and money to battle cancer through the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Penn State student race director David Suhan said the race had about 400 runners last year.

He said that event was held at the Intramural Building on campus, but this year changed venues due to state Department of Transportation regulations that were not met in time for the event.

“The original route would have utilized state roads that we needed some kind of permit for,” Suhan said. “To make things a bit easier, we decided to change venues and Penn State allowed us to use their land.”

Suhan said the State College CVC is an all student-organized event that annually raised thousands of dollars for the foundation. This year, Suhan added that organizers have reached out to Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers.

During the race, Suhan said there will also be a “memory mile” that will feature names of those who either are battling cancer or beat cancer. Their names will appear on the State College Spikes scoreboard.

“It makes it special because people are running for someone,” Suhan said.

To register, visit www.cvcpenn state.org.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ bmilazz.

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