The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, has opened registration for Team V, it’s endurance training and fundraising team, to runners who wish to participate in the Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon on March 18, 2018, in Cary, N.C. Runners of all levels, beginners to professional athletes, are invited to register. Team V staff will provide personalized marathon training and fundraising coaching to ensure each participant is successful with racing and fundraising.
“The Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon is a gem,” said Allie Bigelow, V Foundation Fundraising Coordinator, Team V runner and former Tobacco Road participant. “The route is beautiful, mostly flat with a downhill finish, and has fantastic support along the way. Participating as a Team V member means you are running an amazing race and helping fund the nation’s best cancer researchers at the same time. It’s truly a win-win.”
To date, Team V has raised more than $2 million for cancer research through runners’ participation in endurance events across the country, including the TCS New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon and Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon. Since the inaugural Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon in 2010, the race has become a popular Boston Marathon qualifier and a beloved hometown event that is also attended by runners from across the country. Team V members who meet the $700 fundraising minimum are guaranteed entry into the 2018 Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon, as well as other exclusive swag.
“My Team V family has been a constant boost of confidence,” said Jamie Lassner, TCS New York City Marathon and Tobacco Road Marathon Team V member. “The money we raise for the V Foundation is allowing incredible breakthroughs in cancer research. And the support we receive as members of the team has been great – from training to fundraising guidance. I proudly wear my Team V uniform because it is a reminder that the V Foundation goal is much bigger.”
Last December, the V Foundation announced a $200 million fundraising campaign, Not a Moment to Lose. Funds raised by Team V will be included in the campaign’s total. Areas of scientific interest to be funded include the study of prevention signals, clinical trials, pediatric cancer research, immunotherapy pathways, big data collaborations, convergence projects and translational research. Since its founding in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Of that total, more than $17 million has been awarded to cancer research institutes in North Carolina.
For more information and to register for Team V, please visit jimmyv.org/teamv.