Thousands of runners each year choose to run for a worthy cause, and starting this year, runners participating in Baltimore's Running Festival have another charity they can support: the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation charity running program. Baltimore's big running event, taking place October 16th this year, features a full marathon, half marathon, team relay, and a 5K.
Funds raised through the program help to support the free programs available to cancer patients and their families such as lodging, transportation, support groups and counseling.
"DetermiNation represents the hard work, strength and commitment needed to compete in an endurance race. These are the same qualities we see of patients fighting cancer every day," said Eric Heydorn, endurance events manager for the American Cancer Society. "When someone joins our DetermiNation program, the training required to run a marathon or half-marathon often becomes more personally significant as they not only run for themselves, but they run for a loved one impacted by cancer."
Formerly known as Charity Runner, the DetermiNation program got its start in Chicago in 1996 and is now expanding. For its expansion into Baltimore, the American Cancer Society is recruiting runners of all ability levels to run for a cause. Benefits of running the full or half marathon with DetermiNation include:
- Professional training for the running event
- Access to social events
- Team support
- Racing gear
- VIP amenities on race day
The American Cancer Society is offering a variety of times and locations for runners to get more information:
- Thursday, May 20 at 6 PM at the American Cancer Society office (8219 Town Center Dr., Baltimore)
- Saturday, May 22 at 9 AM at Charm City Run (2045 York Rd., Timonium)
- Thursday, May 27 at 6 PM at Charm City Run (126 South Main St., Bel Air)
- Tuesday, June 1 at 7 PM at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge (636 W. Lexington St., Baltimore)
To register for DetermiNation or become a volunteer, visit acsdetermination.org/baltimore. For more information, contact Eric Heydorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 933-5130.