On the run to stomp out cancer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Janice Carlton, left, is the sister of the late Pfc. Cecil E. Harris, whom the Veterans Day 5K is honoring this year. Barbara Pate, right is a Bedford Cancer Foundation board member. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

Registration is underway for the annual Veterans Day 5K race to benefit cancer patients.

The third annual race will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Runners will race along the parade route, which will take place after the 5K starts, said race organizer Dr. Navid Monajjem. The event is sponsored by and benefits the Bedford Cancer Foundation.

This year's race will be named in honor of Pfc. Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville, a World War II veteran whose remains were found in France in September 2013 and who is being interred today in Arlington National Cemetery.

Harris family members have been invited to attend the race as special guests, said Barbara Pate, one of the cancer foundation board members. Details on who may attend are being worked out, she said.

You can register at the finish line (the Celebration grounds) from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $35. T-shirts will be given to all registrants as supplies last. Or, you can register on the foundation's website at http://bedfordcancerfoundation.com.

Parking is at the end of the parade route (the Celebration), Monajjem said. Shuttles will take people to the start line at the corner of Lane Parkway and Cannon Boulevard. Awards by age groups will be after the race.

The Bedford Cancer Foundation is a tax-exempt charity that helps cancer patients pay for non-medical bills and expenses. Applicants must be residents of Bedford County.

The cancer foundation is still making race sponsorships available. For more information, speak with Monajjem or Pate.

Memorial and in-honor balloons will be released at the start of the race with the starting gun. Balloons will be available at the registration table the day of the race. Runners will each receive a balloon to memorialize someone; additional balloons are available for a small donation.

For more information, contact Monajjem at 619-9799 or nmonajjem@live.com. Race results will be posted on the foundation's website.