Be cool, fight cancer

Winning streak ends, Sox stomp Yankees
A-Rod could begin rehab assignment on Friday

As you sip your coffee and read the Sunday paper this morning, thousands of runners, joggers and walkers will be making their way through a 5k course that will take them throughout Yankee Stadium. Participants will queue up on the 100 level and start their race by making two laps around. They’ll then run through the sub-zero level of the stadium, and exit between the bullpen and Monument Park onto the actual warning track on the field. After making two laps around the field, no doubt imagining the roars of the crowd from their diving catches in center field, participants will go through a complex route that will take them up the stadium stairs and around various concourses, back down ramps, back up the stairs, and back down ramps again. They’ll finish in the Great Hall, having run 3.1 miles and climbing over 260 stairs.

The whole point of this 5K, aside from running inside Yankee Stadium, aside from the lovely torture of stadium stair-running on an August morning, is to raise money for cancer research. The beneficiary is the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. This Foundation identifies young, promising scientists in the field of cancer research and provides financial support to allow them to pursue new and creative attempts to cure the disease. Since 1946, the Foundation has invested over $240 million in cancer research. As their website says, “Our alumni include 11 Nobel Laureates and leaders of major cancer centers across the United States.  Many of our 3,300 scientists have gone on to make breakthroughs in the way we prevent, diagnose and treat many forms of cancer.” You can read more about their most notable accomplishments here. As of late this week over $590,000 had been raised for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

It’s too late for readers to join in on the Yankee Stadium 5K, of course. As you read this, I’ll likely have completed my assault on the course and will be receiving oxygen and an IV in the back of an ambulance. It’s not too late to lend your support to the cause of cancer research. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. It’s a nasty, terrible disease. Thanks to the way this Foundation has been set up, 100% of any donation made to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation goes directly to cancer research. The overhead and operating expenses are paid out of the endowment and their Broadway Tickets program. Pretty cool, huh? It’s good to know that every dollar you give goes directly to stopping cancer.

I’ve paid some of my own money to the Foundation to enter this 5K, and I’ll be out there this morning doing my best in the race. If you’re interested in supporting the Foundation, you can donate via my personal page here. Thanks for considering it, and please wish me luck. I’ll update the post with my results when I’m done.

**UPDATE** By unofficial results I finished 14th overall with a time of 21:40. The winning time was a few seconds over 19 minutes. Thanks to everyone who supported the cause!

Winning streak ends, Sox stomp Yankees
A-Rod could begin rehab assignment on Friday
  • Dela G

    Good luck! I am currently cheering for my friend who is running the nyc triathlon right now :)

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Great article.

    Good luck Stephen. Wishing you all the best

  • Steve S.

    Good job, Stephen. Anytime a nerd attempts to do something physical, we should all offer up our encouragement. For our own entertainment purposes, if nothing else. However in this case it may be the best cause of all. Donation has been made.

    • Stephen Rhoads

      Wow man, that’s really awesome of you. Thanks a ton!

  • Pasqua

    We’ll be calculating your VORR (Value Over Replacement Runner) as soon as you post your time on the site.

    Good for you, by the way!

  • Steve S.

    Stephen’s $60 goal is way too low. I figure between the case of Gatorade, 2 months of orthopedic treatments, intravenous and blood transfusion, he’s going to need at least $24,000 to break even on this endeavor.

  • Brian Paul

    Congrats, and great work Stephen. The race is such a good experience. The foundation is very clever to capitalize on the gimmick of running through Yankee Stadium. The warning track laps alone are enough incentive to raise a ton of money, all for a great cause.

    I ran last year, and am sure you will make it, and have a blast. My dad and I got some cool pictures of us faking catches at the wall, sliding into “home” etc. This is not a competitive race haha. Snap a picture of the run and post it!

  • Jorge

    Wow. Best of luck and congrats. Would love to do this next year.

  • Jaremy

    Very cool! Still not sure how you trained for this while living in your mother’s basement, but very impressed! ;)

  • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka)

    That’s a pretty badass time. Congratulations! It would be cool if we could get some pics of the event posted here. Is that possible? Maybe a link to some photos?