Maryland Half Marathon to Benefit Greenebaum Cancer Center

For immediate release: March 31, 2009


Karen E. Warmkessel

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Inaugural 13.1-mile race to be held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Timonium

The first-ever Maryland Half-Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Timonium, Md., with the proceeds to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. There also will be a Kids One Mile Fun Run and a post-race festival with live music at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road.

Organizers hope to sign up 2,009 people to run in the inaugural race, which will start and end at the fairgrounds. The half-marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., and the kids' race will begin at 8 a.m. Gov. Martin O'Malley will be on hand to welcome the runners and officially start the race.

“This race is unique because 100 percent of the net proceeds will directly benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. We want to raise a significant amount of money for the cancer center,” says Michael Greenebaum, co-chairman of the Maryland Half-Marathon.  The cancer center is named for Michael's parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum. His mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

“We hope that the half-marathon will become an annual event, drawing runners from all over the state to raise money to fight cancer,” Michael Greenebaum says. “It's also a great opportunity for friends and family members to cheer on the runners and enjoy the post-race festival.”

Organizers are partnering with three area running stores ”“ Fleet Feet Sports, Charm City Run and Falls Road Running Store, which are offering training programs for people interested in running the half-marathon. “This event has been developed by runners for runners,” says Jon Sevel, co-chairman of the half-marathon.

A number of cancer survivors and members of their families are training for the race. “I have run in half-marathons before, but this race is special because it benefits the Greenebaum Cancer Center.  For me, it's not just about the race, but about giving back to the cancer center,” says Staci Bafford, a thyroid cancer survivor.  She is training with her fiancé and a group of friends.

The entry fee is $75 for the half-marathon and $10 for the Kids Fun Run, which will include free admission to the concert and festival. For non-runners, admission to the festival ”“ which will feature a variety of food, music by several local bands and a kids' zone with a rock-climbing wall and an obstacle course ”“ will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Cancer survivors will award medals to all those who finish the race, with special awards going to the top three female and male runners in seven age groups, ranging from 16 to 70+ years old. There also will be a County Cup to be given to the county executive representing the home county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line and prizes for the adult and the child who raise the most money.

Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine and pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says, “We very much appreciate all the effort that has gone into planning this half-marathon to benefit our cancer center. Many of our doctors, staff members and patients will be participating in this inaugural race.”

The Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center, is part of the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, and E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, praised the fund-raising effort and the Greenebaum family's unwavering support for the cancer center.

“In these challenging economic times, philanthropy becomes even more important for health care institutions. We're very grateful to the race organizers and all of the runners who have pledged their support for our cancer center,” Mr. Rivest says.

“The Greenebaum Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in patient care and research, and the money raised by this event will help us continue our fight to defeat cancer,” Dr. Reece says. “We hope this half-marathon is a tremendous success ”“ not only this year, but in years to come.”

The Greenebaum Cancer Center offers a full range of treatments for all types of cancer. The cancer center serves patients throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region and was named one of the top 50 cancer centers in the country in 2008 by U.S. News and World Report. It has a very active cancer research program and offers promising new therapies to patients long before they are widely available.

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