LAURINBURG — Hundreds of athletes both casual and die-hard will help Scotland Memorial Foundation give cancer and diabetes a run for their money later this month.
The foundation’s 12th Annual FUNd Run-4-Life will be held on April 23, with three races of varying distance beginning outside the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center on the Scotland Memorial Hospital campus.
Sponsored by Service Thread, the event will feature a 5K and a half marathon as well as a one mile “fun run/walk” that participants can take at their leisure.
All proceeds from the event will be directed to diabetes education and to the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center’s fund to assist patients with the expenses of needs ancillary to treatment. The 2015 run raised $22,000, and organizers are hoping to eclipse that figure this year.
According to Renee Collins, Scotland Memorial Foundation’s development coordinator, the event attracts about 400 runners from throughout the region. The 5K was the most popular event last year with 215 runners, while 78 participated in the one mile run and 61 came out for the half marathon.
“Most of them are from Laurinburg, we have people from Fayetteville, from Raleigh, from Charlotte, and we had one lady come all the way from Canada last year,” she said. “It’s early morning so you can get it done and still have time to do other stuff during the day.”
During all runs, food vendors will be open outside the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center, and community health organizations will present informational booths. A play zone with bounce houses, a trackless train, face painting, and other games will be open to keep occupied those too young for a romp down the asphalt.
The 5K course will take runners down Lauchwood Drive and onto the St. Andrews University campus via Dogwood Mile. Runners will turn around at a halfway point over Lake Ansley C. Moore.
Those taking on the 13-mile half marathon will continue across the university campus to Hasty Road, and then down Barnes Bridge Road before hitting a turnaround point on Scotland Farm Road. On runners’ return, the half marathon course winds through Scotia Village and St. Andrews.
Online registration will be open until April 20, but participants can register at the Scotland Memorial Foundation office or from 6-7 a.m. on the morning of the event.
The half marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 a.m., and the one mile fun run at 9:30 a.m.
The top three 5K finishers in each age category will receive medals, as will all runners who complete the half marathon.
Registration fees are $25 for the 5K, $55 for the half marathon, and $10 for the fun run.
This year, participants can go the extra mile by soliciting sponsorships via grouprev.com/fundrun-4-life.
“It’s kind of like the gofundme pages, runners can actually create a page and say sponsor me and raise more funds for diabetes and cancer,” Collins said. “All the funds come to the foundation.”
Online registration is available at jonesracingcompany.com/fund-run. For more information, contact Collins at 910-291-7543.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.