American Cancer Society to hold 5K

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Cancer is nothing you can run away from, but you can run together to raise money for the cause. For the second year, American Cancer Society Gwinnett hosts a 5K and one-mile fun run at Coolray Field as a fundraiser for Relay for Life Saturday at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

"It's an opportunity to raise cancer awareness, raise funds for cancer research and to run," ACS Community Manager Kelly Smith said. "We're hoping for a larger and larger turn out each year. As this is only our second year, we're expecting around 250 runners."

The race begins in the parking lot and loops around the field. For those who aren't running, Chopper will make an appearance, plus there will be inflatables for the children and music blasted by a DJ.

"You don't need to be a runner to race for Relay -- just come to jog or walk the race," Smith said. "This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Relay For Life."

Registration fees are $30 for individuals and families and $20 for running clubs. Each participant's registration includes a free race T-shirt, tickets to Saturday night's Gwinnett Braves game at 7 p.m. and invitation to participate in the pre-game parade at 6 p.m. The team is playing the Durham Bulls.

All of the proceeds benefit American Cancer Society's Gwinnett Relay For Life, which is May 4 and 5 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

For more information, visit www.georgiarunner.com or contact Kevin McQuilken at the American Cancer Society at 770-814-0123 or kevin.mcquilken@cancer.org.