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Debbie Green Memorial 5K Marks 19th Year

Photo by Heather Ziegler Race director Ron Green holds one of the custom made finisher medallions that will be awarded after the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia.

WHEELING — The Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run and Walk for Leukemia on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Heritage Port enters its 19th year as a first class event for participants and a continued friend to those families fighting pediatric cancer.

Under the direction of Ron Green, this race has grown from a small road race in Benwood to honor the memory of his sister Debbie who lost her battle to Leukemia at the tender age of 7. Prior to her death in 1972, family and friends held a benefit show for her and called it “Debbie Green Day.”

Although Debbie died shortly afterward, her battle and courage have been honored by her brother Ron and others via the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run and Walk for Leukemia. The event includes something for all ages.

Start and finish lines are located at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The race is an evening event with start time at 7 p.m. The course is USATF Certified.This race has been voted TOP 263 road races in the world by BestRoadRaces.com.

Proceeds from the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run and Walk for Leukemia to benefit local children who also suffer from pediatric cancers and need the financial and moral support of the community.

Ron said, “This is a first-class running and walking event, with a fast course and a wonderful finish at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.” He said many sponsors, including title sponsor Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal in Wheeling, make the race and all that goes with it possible each year.

John Kalkreuth, president of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, said the company partners with the Debbie Green race as a service to the community.

“The Debbie Green Memorial 5K represents a great tradition for a worthy cause in the Ohio Valley. Many of us have had cancer affect our lives in some way, whether it be friends or family. The Debbie Green offers financial support for children battling Leukemia and other childhood cancers, which is a fight we feel these children shouldn’t have to undergo alone. We support the Debbie Green Memorial 5K because none of us can do a lot as individuals; but when a community rallies together, we can make a difference.”

The first 1,000 registered participants will receive a beautiful race medal. A pre-race pizza party will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Heritage Port for all those registered for the 5K. Pizza certificates will be includes in the race packets. Guests may purchase a $5 ticket to be included in the pizza party and refreshments. Pizza will be supplied by Domino’s.

There also is the Debbie’s Dash just for children at 5 p.m. Saturday and all youngsters are guaranteed first place.

The 5K and the Green Mile are well-respected as tough but possible for serious runners and walkers.

Free parking is available at 12th & Main streets at the Robinson Professional Center lot courtesy of Jacob Robinson and Bob Fitzsimmons families. Post-race shower facilities available at Centre Town Fitness. This race is part of the Washington County RRC Grand Prix.

An awards ceremony will take place at Heritage Port immediately after the race. There will be a pasta, pizza, fruit and more dinner for race participants.

Food is for participants only and they must show their race tag to eat. Each participants is eligible to win door prizes. Winners must be present.

Awards include large eagle sculptures, large medallions and running hats.

5K fees are $30 after July 30 and $35 race day. Packet pickup is Aug. 5 from 4-6 p.m. and on race day Aug. 6 from 3-6 p.m. sharp at Heritage Port! You may register online through 7 p.m. Aug. 2 online at www.debbiegreen5k.com. There is also a printable application on the website.

The Debbie Green 5K is timed by the The Runner’s High using the ChampionChip system. On race day, runners and walkers will be issued a rental computer chip, which is attached to the shoelace and worn throughout the race. Special mats at the finish line will record a finished time for each chip.

Make sure you get the right chip assigned to you. Race chips are disposable and will not need to be returned.

Please, no bikes, skates or pets, etc. permitted on race course.

The first 1,000 registered participants will receive:

∫ Official Soft Dry-Fit Race Shirt

∫ Large 3-inch medal

∫ Music Every Mile

∫ Post-Race Pasta Dinner & Refreshments

∫ ChampionChip Timing

∫ Opportunity to win numerous door prizes

∫ 2016 Grand Prize: One-week trip to Myrtle Beach

For more race information, call Ron at 740-859-0704, Terry at 304-243-1152, or George at 304-280-4288.

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