Hospital to host 2nd Citizens Run Against Cancer

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Feb. 8, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Spectators cheer on the runners during the Citizens Run Against Cancer in 2017.

Spectators cheer on the runners during the Citizens Run Against Cancer in 2017.   Barclay Fernandez for The Victoria Advocate

Citizens Medical Center hopes to break its own record by drawing between 1,000 and 1,400 people to downtown Victoria for its Run Against Cancer.

The second annual half-marathon and 5K is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Last year, the race raised thousands of dollars for cancer patients and attracted runners from all over the country.

Race Director Missy Janzow said the total number of registered runners increased from this time last year.

While registrations for the half-marathon are down, the number of people who signed up for the 5K has increased.

Last year, the inaugural event attracted 880 participants and more than 100 volunteers to downtown Victoria, she said.

"I'd like more people than last year, but we'll see what happens," she said.

The cost to run will increase by $10 on Saturday.

Jennifer Schulte, marketing director at the county hospital, said the race is a fun, family-friendly event.

Runners can sign up until 7 a.m. the day of the race.

"We welcomed participants from all over the United States last year, anticipate a wide audience again and specifically planned the race route to introduce attendees to key features of Victoria, including downtown Victoria and Riverside Park," Schulte said.

Janzow said organizers heard few complaints about the 13.1-mile race last year.

The half-marathon course will have to change because Hurricane Harvey caused areas of Riverside Park to close, she said.

"We are utilizing Vine Street a little bit more," she said.

The 5K course was also changed to avoid congestion.

She also decided to nix the live music at DeLeon Plaza, where runners finish, but the event will still include a DJ and food trucks. Last year, people did not stick around to listen to the music.

"Our race is more about raising money for those fighting cancer in our community," she said.

All proceeds raised at the race help cancer patients.

The hospital raised $30,000 last year, some of which went toward buying comfortable infusion chairs for chemotherapy patients.

Janzow said the race also draws attention to the fact that cancer patients don't have to leave town for care.

"We have a cancer center here in town that provides excellent treatment," she said.



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