For the past 10 years, the Great Heron Road Race has charged ahead in the race to beat breast cancer. This Saturday, April 12, will mark the 11th annual 5K race and 1-mile walk for charity.
Since its inception, the size of the event has more than doubled; last year, the event raked in more than $5,500 in proceeds and saw 432 participants, one of the largest totals ever.
“We've had wonderful support from HWS and the local community,” said organizer Sally Scatton, assistant director of William Smith Athletics. “Many of us have been touched, directly or indirectly, by breast cancer. We're all trying to make a difference.”
Scatton, who has had three relatives diagnosed with the disease, says that the focus of the event has changed over the years. Originally, proceeds benefited national organizations like the American Cancer Society, but Scatton now likes to support groups closer to home, including the Finger Lakes Breast Cancer Support Group, a Geneva organization.
“My vision is to see local groups benefit from our support,” she explained. “We're doing this to give back to the Geneva community.”
The race, which is sponsored by William Smith Athletics, will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with check-in and registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Boswell Field.
The race is free for HWS students (courtesy of Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress), and $20 for others. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 300 registered runners and first 50 registered walkers. For additional information, contact Scatton by e-mail at Scatton@hws.edu or by phone at (315) 781-3940.
For more information, including maps and printable entry forms, visit The Great Heron Road Race.