Calling All Runners For A Great Cause

May 3rd, 2012 by Jane Heller

In case people haven’t read about the Damon Runyon Race, here’s the info!



NEW YORK, MAY 1, 2012 — While the New York Yankees take on the Blue Jays in Toronto on August 12, thousands of baseball fans, runners, cancer survivors, and supporters will gather at Yankee Stadium for the fourth annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium.  Since 2009, the run/walk has raised more than $1.4 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation <> , which funds groundbreaking cancer research conducted by today’s most innovative young scientists. Registration for the 2012 Runyon 5K opened today at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The first heat of the 5K will launch at 9:30 a.m. from inside Gate 4 before winding through the legendary ballpark’s concourses and ramps. Participants will climb stairs between levels and appear on the center field video board as they take two laps around the warning track that circles the field. Over the past four years, the Runyon 5K has become one of New York’s most unique summer events and the only charitable run/walk to use the iconic stadium as its course.

Registration for individuals and teams opened today at <>  and is limited to the first 4,000 registrants.  Participants pay a $40 registration fee and must fundraise at least $60. On July 12, the registration fee will increase to $50. Family and friends will have the opportunity to meet Damon Runyon scientists and watch the event from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate.

100% of all funds raised by participants will go directly to Damon Runyon cancer researchers. “We’re so grateful to the New York Yankees and all of our sponsors for helping make this possible year after year,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “And we couldn’t ask for better supporters. They really enjoy the incredible Stadium views and work so hard every summer to raise money for cancer research.”

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, established in 1946 and based in New York City, has a long history with the Yankees.  Joe DiMaggio was on its Board of Directors and Mickey Mantle was an active fundraiser.  Damon Runyon himself was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist, revolutionizing how the game was covered and often reporting on Yankees games.


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7 Responses to “Calling All Runners For A Great Cause”

  1. Margaret says:

    OMG…carrying Mo off the field!!!
    Plz tell me he’ll be ok.
    What a horrible year thus far…and its only May3rd!!!!!

  2. barbara says:

    i just saw that and freaked out too. is our season over? am i overreacting? red sox husband is ignoring me about this. seriously, we need mo

  3. Margaret says:

    I’m freaking out too Barbara…over reacting…NO…its Mo!

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I figured I’d better calm you down, Peg and Barbara. Not that I’m not freaking, but right now it’s a “twisted knee.” We’ll have to wait for the MRI to get the exact diagnosis, but I bet he’ll be okay. I just hope they have good doctors in Kansas City – no offense, KC!

  5. Barbara says:

    Ok. I have backed off the ledge and decided we will score ten runs a night until his knee is better so we will be fine!

  6. Margaret says:

    I poured a glass of red vino…..I’m off the ledge as well….for now.
    Thx ladies.

  7. Yank33ss says:

    OMG! They are talking about torn ACL! Done for the year and maybe for a career! I’m almost in tears!