SunTrust Miles for Moffitt at USF Set for Saturday, May 12

April 03, 2007

5-Mile, 5K and One-Mile event benefits cancer research

at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Tampa, FL – The 2nd annual SunTrust Miles for Moffitt at USF will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. Runners, walkers and anyone wanting to honor a person touched by cancer are welcome to participate. The race benefits cancer research programs at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

The event includes a 5-Mile Run, a 5K (3-Mile) run/walk and One-Mile Fun Run starting at Moffitt’s main hospital entrance, 12902 Magnolia Dr. Walkers are welcome in each venue. Participants will be chip-timed with competitive awards given to the fastest first, second and third place male and female winners in each age category.

Featured activities are a Celebration of Life honoring cancer patients, free kids races and games, and a free USF Health Fair hosted by USF College of Public Health and Moffitt.

Registration for the 5-Mile and 5K race is $20 until May 8 and $30 thereafter. The One-Mile event is $15 until May 8 and $25 thereafter. Kids races are $10 by May 8 and $20 thereafter.

Registration and event information is available at www.milesformoffitt.com or by calling

813-745-2006. To form a Milestone Team, contact John DeMuro at (813) 745-1527

Start of a tradition 

SunTrust Miles for Moffitt was founded in 2006 by Karen Dalton, wife of Dr. William S. Dalton, Moffitt CEO and Center Director.  More than 1,200 participants ran or walked in the 2006 inaugural event, with more expected to participate in 2007.

Mrs. Dalton created the event so that patients, families, Moffitt employees and the community could support Moffitt in a venue that promotes health and wellness while recognizing Moffitt's leadership in the fight for the prevention and cure of cancer.

Race directors are pleased to have SunTrust Bank as the Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year.  Held in partnership with USF, the race "symbolizes hope in finding cures or preventive treatment for the various forms of cancer which affect everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or age," said Mrs. Dalton.

Race sponsorship chairperson is Priscilla Mack, wife of Moffitt Board Chairman Senator Connie Mack. Because of sponsor contributions - including SunTrust, the title sponsor - all race expenses are covered so that 100 percent of the race application fee benefits Moffitt’s research programs.

With the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as presenting sponsor, other sponsors include University of South Florida, News Channel 8,  Tampa Tribune, WRBQ (104.7 FM), Embassy Suites and AAA Auto Club South.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.