Apr 12 2015
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Team V Goes the Distance for Cancer Research at Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

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(Cary, NC) – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is proud to announce that Team V efforts raised more than $300,000 at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  As Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh’s official charity partner, The V Foundation was represented by 465 full and half marathon participants called Team V. 

“Team V did a great job raising funds for cancer research,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “Each individual athlete made such an important statement by participating.  Their physical and philanthropic strength is an inspiration to us all!”

Each Team V member raised a minimum of $500 for The V Foundation, with many going above and beyond and raising thousands individually.  Net proceeds of funds raised by Team V runners will directly benefit cancer research and related programs.  The V Foundation has awarded more than $115 million in research grants for all types of cancer to more than 100 institutions nationwide since it was founded by the late Jim Valvano in 1993. 

“We are incredibly proud of the efforts of Team V and the impact their significant fundraising will have on the fight against cancer,” said Dave Hussa, vice president of charity partnerships at Competitor Group. “The V Foundation for Cancer Research was an inspiring presence and vital partner at our inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh event and we look forward to supporting their cause for years to come.”

The V Foundation provided Team V with many VIP experiences while training for and running in the half or full marathon.  Amenities included training shirts and race-day singlets; a race-day hospitality tent with an exclusive gear check station, private restrooms, post-race massage stations, food and beverages; access to the Team V personalized coaching program with certified fitness instructor Larissa Muchnick; and a pre-race pasta party at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Raleigh, catered by Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar.

“In my personal experience with losing a loved one to cancer, participating with The V Foundation to help find cures has meant the world to me,” said Michelle Harrison, Team V runner and longtime volunteer for The V Foundation.  “I’m proud to be part of Team V.”

The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh event brought the maximum 12,500 runners from across the country to downtown Raleigh on April 13, 2014. The inaugural Team V was equally as diverse, with members ranging in age from 13 to 69 coming from 32 states and the District of Columbia.  The V Foundation encourages its supporters to join Team V and the fight against cancer in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon on April 12, 2015. 

For more information and to join Team V, please visit www.run4v.org

For more information about The V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit www.jimmyv.org.  For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon, please visit www.RunRocknRoll.com/Raleigh

 

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from events support all the work of The V Foundation. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.