OHOH Run For Their Lives will be April 15

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–Avid runners, casual runners or those just looking to have a good time will have an opportunity to participate in the third annual Run For Their Lives 10k, 5k and one mile fun run to support the Open Hands Overflowing Hearts and Elaine Roberts foundations.

OHOH was founded in 2014 by Kayla Funk of Hoover in response to her diagnosis of Neuroblastoma and for the 2017 run, the organization will join the Elaine Roberts Foundation whose goal is to race to find a cure.

Roberts was a student at Thompson High School when she was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma and passed away just 10 months after her diagnosis. Roberts died on Feb. 6, 2016 at the age of 16.

The third annual Run For Their Lives event will take place Saturday, April 15, at Helena High School, where participants can choose to run in the 5k, 10k, one-mile fun run or the sleep in/virtual race.

The mission of both organizations is to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research, find a cure and ultimately bring an end to childhood cancer and proceeds from the race will benefit both organizations.

Online registration is open now through April 12. Once online registration closes, those wishing to participate can register at packet pick-up on April 14 or sign up on site the day of the race.

The cost of the 5k will be $35 before April 1, the one-mile fun run will cost $25 before April 1, the sleep in/virtual race will be $30 and the 10k will cost $45 before April 1.

After April 1, prices will slightly increase for the 5k, one-mile fun run and the 10k.

Race day registration will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 10k beginning at 8 a.m., 5k beginning at 8:15 a.m. and one mile fun run beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Those picking up a registration packet on April 14 should pick it up at Benchmark Physical Therapy in Hoover from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. located at 1713 Montgomery Highway S, Suite 131.

Race participants will be provided water and Powerade along the route and refreshments at the end of the race. Awards will be given to the top three race times overall by age group and gender. T-shirts will be guaranteed for those registered by noon on March 26.

Helena High School is located at 1310 Hillsboro Parkway.

For more information and to sign up for the race, visit Runsignup.com/runfortheirlives.