Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset to host 9th annual Steeplechase Distance Run

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, a member of RWJBarnabas Health, will host its 9th Annual Steeplechase Distance Run on September 24, 2017. The event features a 10K run, 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids’ sprints. New this year is a 100-mile summer challenge “Giving in Action” which encourages participants to log 97 miles between June 20 and September 24th and finish with a 5K at the Steeplechase Distance Run to earn a commemorative 100-mile finisher’s badge and support the Cancer Center. All proceeds from the race benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Steeplechase Cancer Center and The Steeplechase Distance Run has played a key role in raising awareness of and enhancing the cancer care services that the Center has provided our community for the past decade,” says Cynthia Lee, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and an avid runner who founded the event. “The event helps raise funds that allow us to provide patients and community members with the services they need to live longer and healthier lives. With our new 100-mile summer challenge “Giving in Action” we challenge participants to lead a heathier lifestyle and encourage individuals to reach the 100-mile mark at our event and celebrate their personal accomplishment while also making a difference in the lives of those in our community impacted by cancer.”

The Steeplechase Distance Run begins and ends at Amsterdam Elementary School in Hillsborough. The 10K run includes a flat and rolling course running through the scenic neighborhoods and landscapes of Hillsborough. The run features start mats, mile clocks and energy stations and is considered a challenging test of speed and endurance. Individuals participating in the 5K Run/Walk will have the option of a two mile turn around offered for our Joint Celebration Group, as well as survivors participating in the walk/run, celebrating a milestone for many of our participants. Children age two to eleven are encouraged to participate in Kids’ Sprints, a 25-100-yard walk designed for children.  Each child will receive a ribbon for completing the walk.  All runs are USA Track and Field (USATF) certified.

Registration is now open and required to participate in the event. To register visit, www.steeplechasedistancerun.com. To be guaranteed a commemorative 100-mile finisher’s medal, participants must register by August 1. Registration for the 10K Run, 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk is $30 until September 19.  After September 19, registration fees are $33 for all entries and $10 for the Kids’ Sprints.  Participants will receive an event t-shirt. Check-in and registration for the Steeplechase Distance Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m.  The 10K race begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by the 5K race at 9:30 a.m. and the Kids’ Sprints at 10:45 a.m. An awards ceremony for the 10K race will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony for the 5K race at 11:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Steeplechase Distance Run is organized by Somerset Health Care Foundation, which raises funds for RWJUH Somerset. All proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs for patients and the community at The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Steeplechase Cancer Center enables Central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all in one place close to home. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2007, houses radiation therapy services, infusion therapy, breast imaging services, the hospital’s research team, oncologists’ and surgeons’ offices, nutritional counseling, patient navigator services, a patient resource library, the Sanofi US Wellness Boutique and complementary medicine services, such as yoga, t’ai chi, meditation and massage. The Sanofi US Breast Care Program is one of only a select few in New Jersey to achieve full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and has also been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, demonstrating its commitment to meet the highest standards for comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary patient-centered care.

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