The 4th Annual Race to the Shade 5K Race & Walk will be held May 19 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon.
The annual event, was organized in 2009 Cindy Pickett, formerly of Elmore, and Eleanor Riffle, of Millbury, in honor of Cindy’s son Micah – who is also Eleanor’s son-in-law – who was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma in 2005. The Lake High School graduate underwent six surgeries and is now doing well.
The pair subsequently has the 501(c)3 Safe in the Shade Melanoma Foundation. The foundation’s board of directors, which includes dermatologist Dr. Christy Lorton, meets quarterly to discuss the annual event and use of funds raised.
“We’ve announced that we’re going to use proceeds to purchase sunshades for area schools, with the first one going to Lake Elementary,” Riffle said. “As a federally recognized nonprofit, we’ll also be applying for grants to help with the shades, which can run anywhere from $8,000 and up.
“We feel the shade covers will not only provide shade protection for the kids, it will keep them cooler,” Riffle said. “More often than not, the kids aren’t wearing sunscreen when they’re out. Think about it…20 minutes a day, five days a week during the school year – the exposure adds up.”
Registration for the walk/race opens at 8 a.m. at Shelter #2. Runners and walkers will step off at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20.
Awards will be presented to runners in various categories, including overall male and female and in age categories from 9 and under to 80 and older. The walk is non-competitive.
Fruit, sport drinks and other goodies will be provided at the finish. Dogs on leashes are welcome in the park and at the race. Free sunscreen will be provided before and after the event.
Slip, slop, slap…and wrap
The American Cancer Society offers these tips for keeping safe at the Safe in the Shade 5K Race & Walk, and anytime you’re outdoors:
"Slip! Slop! Slap!… and Wrap" is a catch phrase that can help you remember the four key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
• Slip on a shirt.
• Slop on sunscreen.
• Slap on a hat.
• Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.
These steps complement each other, and they provide the best protection when used together. For more tips and information, visit www.cancer.org. For more information about the Safe in the Shade Melanoma Foundation, visit www.safeintheshadeohio.com.