25th Anniversary run: More than 130 cancer survivors to join Cigna/Elliot Road Race

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Runners will take to the streets Aug. 10 for the Silver Anniversary Cigna/Elliot Road Race. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH –  The 25th running of the Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race is set for Thursday, August 10, a race which has historically been a day to focus on corporate teams of health and wellness while promoting team spirit among and between individuals and businesses. Official start time is 6:20 p.m. Road closures begin at 5:30 p.m.

Last year, race organizers added a new component of fundraising to support the Elliot Regional Cancer Center, the first of its kind, established in 1966.

“This year is very special as we already have more than 130 cancer survivors registered to run the race,” said Susanna Fier, Race Director, Elliot Health System. “We have purple ‘Survivor’ shirts for those runners to honor them and their fight to beat this deadly disease.” 

Cancer survivor Jenn Beaudet, a 10-year survivor of breast cancer, will be among those joining the race.

“When I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer 10 years ago at just 27 years old, the Elliot was there for me through my radiation treatments, offering quality care and quality support services that helped me to move through and beyond my diagnosis.  Today, I am healthy and am a proud mother to a toddler born 8 years after my diagnosis.  I now volunteer for the Young Survival Coalition, offering resources, connections, and outreach to young women affected by breast cancer so that they can feel supported, empowered, and hopeful as they navigate life during and after a breast cancer diagnosis, Beaudet said.  

“The Elliot has been a long-time supporter of the Young Survival Coalition’s outreach and support efforts in New Hampshire, and for that we are grateful.  I am excited to wear my purple Survivor shirt and walk in the race.  Thank you to Cigna and Elliot for adding a component of fundraising to their event to support the Elliot Regional Cancer Center and local patients, survivors, and thrivers,” Beaudet said.

The Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K is open for race registration on the day of the event in Veterans Park in downtown Manchester. Race organizers expect more than 5,000 participants this year.

For more information, go to www.Elliothospital.org where you can register to run, walk or donate to the Elliot Regional Cancer Center.

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