On January 1, 2015 the Asheville Track Club will host a fund-raising 4 mile resolution run and 2 mile walk to benefit Western North Carolina Women with Breast Cancer.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Asheville resident and cancer survivor Karen Chávez and the nonprofit Hope Chest for Women. Chávez, a reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper for more than a decade, is well-known in the Asheville and larger Western North Carolina outdoors community for her tireless coverage of running races and other outdoors activities. An avid runner herself, Chávez has competed in several local and national races, including marathons.
In fall of 2013, Chávez was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then has been dedicated to her own recovery and to educating individuals across Western North Carolina about the disease, and in particular, the importance of understanding breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer.
Through her experience with battling breast cancer, Chávez encountered The Hope Chest for Women, which helps cover parts of medical care and provide financial resources for women with breast or gynecological cancer. Even with insurance and full time employment, the financial burdens associated with treatment costs can delay recovery and create a lot of extra stress as normal living expenses become unmanageable. It takes help from a whole network of friends, family and community resources to support cancer patients in treatment.
This is a 4 mile non-competitive run and 2 mile walk. The run will be timed using bib tear-offs. The run/walk will start at Carolina Day School and travel through Biltmore Forest so it will involve rolling terrain. Random prizes will be awarded. There will be a silent auction and raffle ticket items so bring extra cash. Run day registration begins at Noon and the run/walk begins at 2:00 PM. The fee is $15.
Online registration is available at Run Signup. The fee is $15.