Fe for a Cure Race Weekend
Written by KWUStudentMedia on September 22, 2019
This weekend the annual Fe for a Cure 5k run and walk took place along Santa Fe Ave here in town to raise money benefiting patients currently being treated at Salina Regional’s Tammy Walker Cancer Center. Runners showed up to the Kansas Wesleyan University campus, the southern most end of Santa Fe, bright and early for the 9 AM run Saturday September, 21, for the event. According to the totaled results, there were over 550 runners registered. All the funds raised from the cost of entry fees and other donations go directly to the Cancer Center.
Before the race began, those who are cancer survivors walk a lap around the track of the Graves Family Sports Complex at Kansas Wesleyan. Once that was over, a few race announcements and words were said and those cancer survivors were given a welcome. After that, it was time to race. Runners from all over Kansas, and some even from out of state, lined up at the starting line in anticipation of the gun signaling them to go. Participants started at KWU, then proceeded north on Santa Fe Avenue. Once they reached Mulberry Street, the group of runners and walkers turned around, heading back to the university’s campus where the finish line was located. The entire street was blocked off for the race making sure the participants made it to the turn around and back safely.
After the passing the finish line, runners were treated to live, local music and a pancake feed serving up stacks of the fluffy breakfast food on the Kansas Wesleyan campus lawn. Race awards were also given out to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. This year, the fastest runner completed the race in 16 minutes and 18 seconds taking home the overall winner medal. However, everyone who competed received a free Fe for a Cure t-shirt in thanks for competing.
The cost of partaking in the run/walk was $25 for adults (12 and older) and $10 for kids (11 and younger). For those who decided to take a pass on the running but still wanted to be involved in the event, could sign up under the “Couch Potato Entry”. Those individuals still payed the same amount of the entry fees, either $25 or $10, received a t-shirt, and got to skip out on the race. No one would know if they didn’t actually run or not, just that they support Fe for a Cure.
Fe for a Cure has raised thousands of dollars in support of the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, but the race’s success is also due to the business sponsors who are partnered together to help put on the event. Salina Regional Health Center (including Salina Regional Health Foundation, SRHC Service Auxiliary, and the Tammy Walker Cancer Center), Kansas Wesleyan University, Rocking M Media, and North Salina Community Development all join in to host Fe for a Cure and help those in the fight against cancer.
For more information about the Fe for a Cure race or the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, visit either feforacure.com or srhc.com/services/cancer-services.