We’re partnering with running groups and engaging RUNNERS to participate with us in the cure lung cancer campaign.
This spring we’ll offer a Runner in Red – Racing to Cure Lung Cancer 5K on Long Island – at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. Date will be March 15. The 5K race will begin at 9:30am and as luck will have it the race will fall two days before St. Patrick’s Day!
Prost Garten and Grill on Franklin Ave in Garden City will serve as race headquarters – and will host a post-race brunch following the race. All runners will earn a FREE Barb’s Beer with their race numbers.
We’ll be inviting runners to “wear red” during the race to promote a cure for lung cancer, which takes the lives of more women than any other cancer.
The 5K race draws its name from the Boston Marathon legend of the “Runner in Red,” a story that has been passed down through generations that the first woman to run a marathon in America snuck into the Boston Marathon in 1951. The legend grew out of a contention by a group of Canadian runners who insisted they spotted a woman “wearing run” in the race that day, during an era when women were not allowed to run and fifteen years before history acknowledges the first woman runner. The “woman in red” contention was never proven, and thus the story became legend.
The story is chronicled – with a search for the mystery runner – in a novel, Runner in Red, by Tom Murphy, founder of Barb’s Beer. Tom is giving all profits from the novel to the cure lung cancer campaign.
More to come about the March 15 race, along with a link to register for the 5K
Watch this space!
NOTE: Barb’s Beer, a 501c3 charity, raises funds for the Runner in Red effort to help find a cure for lung cancer. See more about the beer and the campaign at barbsbeer.org.
The figure in our Barb’s Beer logo is not clip art, it’s a silhouette of Barb Murphy, Runner in Red author Tom Murphy’s late wife, crossing the finish line in the 2000 Boston Marathon. Barb passed away from lung cancer in 2013. Support a cure for lung cancer by contributing to the Runner in Red/Barb’s Beer charity campaign – DONATE.