Running for a Reason

This year I had planned to encourage MB readers in San Francisco to join my running club, SF Fit, to train for the San Francisco Marathon in July. Saddly, my club decided to take a year off, so that post never made it (I still encourage you to try your feet at a marathon, however).

But here’s something that might appeal to first time or weekend runners a bit more.

On Sunday, April 23, Crissy Field will again be the location for the MMRF Race for Research – San Francisco.

Multiple Myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cells, important cells of the immune system that produce and release antibodies to help fight infection. It is the second most common blood cancer, representing 1% of all cancers and 2% of all cancer deaths. This year, 14,400 Americans will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and 11,200 will die of the disease.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is a non-profit organization driven by a single purpose: to accelerate the search for a cure for multiple myeloma. The MMRF is the number one private funder of myeloma research.

Earlier this year, the disease claimed the life of Tom Klemens, the father-in-law of one of my friends. She and her husband, who along with many other friends have run this 5k in the past, are continuing to honor his memory by running as a team in the 5k.

So for those of you who need a reason to get outdoors after these weeks and weeks of bad weather, or if you need an instant boost to both your heart rate and your karma, here’s a local even along one of San Francisco’s most beautiful (and flat!) running courses. And 5k is only 3.1 miles (yet sounds so impressive). You can join Tom’s team, register for the race on your own (or with your own team), or if you know you won’t be able to resist the snooze button, you can donate without running or walking.

MMRF Race for Research – San Francisco: Sunday, April 23, 2006, 8:30am; Crissy Field, Golden Gate National Recreation Area; San Francisco; Entry is $25 in advance or $30 on race day; runners and walkers welcome.

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