Somerville, N.J. (October 16, 2012) – Somerset Medical Center hosted its fourth annual Steeplechase Distance Run on Sunday, September 30, 2012, raising more than $172,000 for the Steeplechase Cancer Center. More than 1,300 runners and walkers competed in this year’s event in honor or in memory of loved ones, or to celebrate their own recoveries. The event included a 25K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kid Sprints, music, refreshments and more, over a scenic course in Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships in New Jersey.
“The Steeplechase Distance Run provides our community with the opportunity to remember loved ones lost and to support loved ones who are continuing their fight against cancer,” said Ken Bateman, President and CEO at Somerset Medical Center. “It’s also a time for survivors to inspire others and share their story. We remain committed to helping our neighbors fight this terrible disease, raise awareness, and raise funds for the cancer center, to continue to provide quality treatment and programs to patients.”
The Steeplechase Distance Run began and ended at Amsterdam Elementary School in Hillsborough. The 25K, a popular fall marathon prep, included a flat and rolling course running through the scenic neighborhoods and landscapes of Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships. More than 250 people participated in the 25K course. Nearly 1,000 individuals participated in the 5K Run/Walk, where they covered a 3.1-mile course. Approximately 90 children ages two to 11 participated in Kid Sprints, a 25-100 yard walk designed for children. Each child received a ribbon for completing the walk. All runs are USA Track and Field (USATF) certified.
An awards ceremony was held after the completion of the races, awarding top runners in each event and age group. Winners include Ian Mcisaac, of Princeton, N.J., who finished in first place for the 5K Run, and Brian Crowley, of Hillsborough, N.J., who completed the 25K Run in under 90 minutes, taking first place. They each were rewarded with a medal. Medals were also awarded to the top finishers in each age category.
Many participants wore custom T-shirts specially made for the occasion. Several participants also visited Somerset Medical Center’s sign table, to write a message on a sign that was attached to their shirt, signifying the loved one they were running in honor or in memory of. Somerset Medical Center staff also educated participants about cancer detection and prevention, and were available to answer questions about the Steeplechase Cancer Center.
Exceeding past contributions, more than $172,000 raised from the event will benefit educational programs for patients and the community at The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center. The Steeplechase Cancer Center enables Central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all in one place close to home.