Annual fall race returns to Philadelphia the weekend of September 16 – 18, 2016
PHILADELPHIA –May 24, 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.
AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Start Line (Photo Credit: Andrew McClanahan)
About the American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon will take place the weekend of September 16 – 18, 2016. One of the world’s most prestigious road races, the AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is the home of five world records, five American records and the current men’s and women’s U.S. all-comers’ records. The race will give runners a first-class tour of Philadelphia and will start and finish downtown. Participants can rock to the sounds of live entertainment along with enthusiastic cheerleaders along the course. Event weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17. The Expo will have numerous vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training tips. For more information, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
About the American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 36,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 107 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with nearly 19,300 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit www.AACR.org.