Fight like a girl run battles cancer

Published 8:16 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The “Fight Like a Girl” 5K Run is set for Oct. 9 on the square in downtown Troy.

The “shotgun” start will be at 8:30 at the Gazebo.

Pre-registration fees are $25 for the 5K Run and $15 for the One-Mile Fun Run. Fees after Oct. 2 are $30 and $20.

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The “Fight Like a Girl” 5K event is presented by the Troy Rotary Club as a fundraiser for the 2011 Pike County Relay for Life campaign.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so that why we chose ‘Fight Like a Girl’ for our 5K run, but the run is not just for girls,” said Rotarian Jason Jones. “It’s for anyone who enjoys running and wants to make their running really count for something.”

Last year was the first ‘Fight Like a Girl’ 5K Run and it attracted more than 100 runners.

“This year our goal is 250 runners and we are hopeful of that number,” Jones said. “We want the ‘Fight Like a Girl’ 5K event to be the biggest run ever in Pike County.”

The run route has been redrawn and a couple of the hills have been eliminated to “flatten” the course and give runners a chance to log good times.

The 5K will start and end at the Gazebo on the square in downtown Troy. The route will follow West Walnut, China, West College, North Three Notch, West Orange, West Fairview, Wiley and South Oakes streets.

The runners will be divided into age groups – 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top overall runners. First place will receive $100, second place $50 and third place $25.

Medals will be given to the top three male and females in each age group.

Those who pre-register get a tee shirt and we have lots of door prizes to give.

Several local businesses and individuals have joined the fundraising efforts in the fight against cancer as sponsors and more are welcomed, Jones said.

As of Tuesday, those on board are the City of Troy, Cox Container, Troy Regional Medical Center, Jones Medical Supply, Family Ties, Gibson and Carden, Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, Glow, Earl and Carol Franks, Troy Bank & Trust and Morning Calm Therapeutic Massage and Spa.

Runners may register online at or on-site as Jones Medical Supply at 519 South Brundidge Street in Troy. For more information, call 334-566-1002.