What's Happening: The Lemon Run

Next Sunday, November 10, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will hold their 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Dash, The Lemon Run Philadelphia, presented by Volvo.

The event will originate from Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, where athletes ranging from novices to advanced runners will come together in an effort to raise money to end childhood cancer.

Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time in order to receive the reduced rates--$35 per 5K runner (timed); $25 per 5K walker (untimed) and $15 per child age 10 and under (100-meter dash). While registration is still available on the day of the event, increased rates will apply.

Each age group’s winner will be recognized in a special ceremony at the conclusion of the race along with the top fundraising teams. As always, runners are encouraged to form teams, bringing together friends and family to run the course in the honor of anyone they may know—or any family—who has fought the battle against childhood cancer.

A few of this year’s better-known teams include:

  • Team Smiley Riley, honoring 3-year old cancer fighter Riley McComb;
  • Giulianna The Brave’s Crusade, in honor of 3-year old Giulianna Noelle Troiano, who has battled Stage IV neuroblastoma since nine months of age; 
  • Mario’s Mercenaries, running for 9-year old Mario Carpino, who is battling inoperable brain tumors.

The reigning fundraising champions, Austin’s Avengers, will be back for another year in memory of Austin J. Burke, who lost his battle with medulloblastoma in August 2012.

“The Lemon Run has truly become one of my favorite Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s special events, said Jay Scott, father of Foundation creator Alex Scott. “This fundraising event combines my favorite things—our mission to find cures for all kids with cancer, friendly competition and of course running!”

Check-in begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event. The kids’ dash takes place at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K race/walk at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Addie Spector at (866) 333-1213 or email addie@alexslemonade.org

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