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4th Annual Free to Breathe 5K run/walk or 1 mile walk

It is about that time of year again to start thinking about the 5K race in November.

Why am I doing this?
I lost my dad, a non-smoker, to lung cancer in November 2007. He was 66 years old. Although lung cancer was his secondary cancer (it spread to his lungs from squamous cell cancer at the base of the tongue), it is the cancer that took his life in November 19, 2007.

It was an extremely difficult time for my family then and now. The entire experience is something that has taught me a lot about life. It is also something that I have to deal with on a daily basis. I decided that I needed to do something to honor my dad and best friend.

How can you help??

Option 1 - Join my team!
I am putting a team together called George's Song for the Free to Breathe run (or walk) in memory of my dad, George Erickson. Yes, I am planning to run the 5K. So, I am looking for teammates to run a 5K (3.1 miles) in this race. You also have the option to walk a 5K or just walk a mile in this race. If you are interested, then please join the team George's Song. You will then be given the option to do your own fundraising for the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Click to join the team!

Option 2 - Volunteer!
Don't want to walk/run. Why not volunteer? Free to Breathe depends on the kindness and dedication of volunteers to make the event a success and ensure that we accomplish our mission. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, and whether part of the planning committee or event day festivities each person makes a difference. Volunteering is a great way to be involved with Free to Breathe! We can use your help with outreach, promotion and planning as well as on the day of event.
Click here for all the possibilities to volunteer!

Race Day Information

When: November 1, 2009
6:30am - Event Day Registration & Bag Check
7:30am - Opening Anthem & Rally
8:00am - Survivors’ & Team Recognition
8:40am - Warm-ups
9:00am - 5K Race Begins; Walks Begin Immediately Following
10:30am - Awards/Raffle Drawing
7:00-11:00am - Kid Fest

Carousel House
North Concourse Drive, Fairmount Park
(across from the Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall)

Registration Fees/Deadlines:
Adult Registration (ages 13+):
$25 early registration (closes October 1)
$30 pre-registration (October 2-23)
$10 kids 12 & under (closes October 23)
$28 early registration (closes October 1)
$30 pre-registration (October 2-19)
$13 kids 12 & under (closes October 19)
Event Day
$35 beginning at 6:30am
$15 kids 12 & under

(Please make checks payable to Free to Breathe®)

T-shirts and goody bags are guaranteed only to pre-registered participants.

Driving Directions & Parking:
Parking is available nearby, north of Belmont Avenue near the Mann Music Center.

Race Course Description:
A beautiful course that passes the new Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall, winds through Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center and past the Japanese Teahouse and returns to the Carousel House at the height of autumn foliage!

Fundraising Information:
Each individual who raises $1,500 or more for National Lung Cancer Partnership will receive a fundraising incentive. Set up an online fundraising page and download pledge and donation forms here.

Additional Information:
Awards will be given to the top male and female 5K finishers overall and the top 3 males and top 3 females in the following age brackets: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

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