Annual fall race returns to Philadelphia the weekend of September 16 – 18, 2016
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series today announced the renewed charity title partnership of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the largest scientific organization in the world supporting cancer research, at the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.
“With more than 14.5 million cancer survivors and 1.6 million who will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States this year, the American Association for Cancer Research is dedicated to finding a cure and preventing the more than 200 diseases we call cancer,” said Mitch Stoller, Executive Director, AACR Foundation. “Philanthropy dedicated to cancer research is paramount to accomplish this. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the AACR is thrilled to return as the charity title partner for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, and invites participants to join the AACR’s Runners for Research team in our quest to find cures together.”
The AACR is the first and largest cancer research organization in the world, bringing together the greatest minds in cancer research in the quest to cure and prevent cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. The AACR is known throughout the cancer research community as a catalyst to propel the advancement of cancer research and improve patient care by convening and collaborating with the public, physicians, researchers, academia, advocacy organizations, industry, government, and scientific societies. Recently, the AACR and its 36,000 members have been called upon to help guide the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden, whose mission is to “end cancer as we know it.” The AACR is also the Scientific Partner to Stand Up To Cancer, providing scientific oversight of team science and individual grants that have potential for near-term patient benefit. These are two of countless initiatives where the work of the AACR helps to accelerate progress against cancer.
“There is no greater camaraderie than running for a cause such as cancer research,” said Dave Hussa, Vice President of Charity Partnerships for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. It is our goal to help spread the American Association for Cancer Research’s mission of finding a cure and preventing cancer, and we look forward to welcoming AACR Runners for Research for the second year in a row to this annual fall race.”
The American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 18, and will start and finish in downtown Philadelphia. Runners will travel past Philadelphia’s historical landmarks, scenic neighborhoods, and beautiful parks. Live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders, and spectators will entertain participants along the scenic course. Upon finishing, participants are invited to relax and celebrate with family and friends at the post-race finish line festival.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K returns this year on Saturday, September 17, and will start and finish in downtown Philadelphia. Participants who run both the 5K and the half marathon will earn the coveted Remix Challenge Medal in addition to each race’s finisher medal.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information, and much more. The Expo takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.
Over the 19-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, charity participants have raised more than $320 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
Participants can run and support a good cause by joining the AACR Runners for Research team. For more information or to register visit www.AACR.org/RunPhilly.