April 15, 2019 – BIG RAPIDS & REED CITY, MICH: With less than a month before the
annual Wheatlake Festival of Races, nearly 150 people are registered to fight cancer by participating in the series of races.
While day-of registration will be available the morning of May 18, those interested in participating are encouraged to register by April 21 to be guaranteed a t shirt.
“We’re excited to see the interest in the race and looking forward to race day!” said Danielle Wells, race director. “Cancer touches so many, and this is a great cause to support. We encourage runners and walkers to sign up by April 21 to be guaranteed to receive one of our race shirts!”
From serious runners, casuals runners to wellness walkers – everyone is encouraged to participate in an event, which includes a half marathon, a 10k, a 5k run, a 5k wellness walk and kids dash for children ages 10 or younger. Races begin at various times between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on May 17, and all routes will finish at the Bandshell behind Big Rapids Middle School.
To encourage early detection, free skin cancer screenings will be provided at the Bandshell from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. New this year, participants can purchase a commemorative stake in memory or in support of loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. Stakes are available by visiting www.spectrumhealth.org/wheatlake-races and can be taken home after the race.
Funds raised during the annual event benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Fund, an endowment of the Spectrum Health Foundation at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals
The Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center serves 12 Northern Michigan counties as a comprehensive regional treatment facility. Featured within the center is a Wellness Center that includes a library, boutique and an integrative therapy room where free services are provided to assist patients like Shelly Brooks, of Canadian Lakes, through a cancer journey.
For information or to register, visit www.spectrumhealth.org/wheatlake-races or call Danielle Wells, race coordinator, at 231.592.4208.