Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt Predicts Record Turnout for Third Consecutive Year

May 06, 2009

4,000 participants are estimated to walk or run May 9 event at USF

Tampa, FL—Another record turnout is expected Saturday, May 9, for the fourth-annual Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt at the USF Sun Dome. Nearly 4,000 participants are projected to walk or run the 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile events that kick off at 7:15 a.m. Last year’s race attracted 3,000.

The media can cover these visual, exciting events during the morning:

  • 6-7 a.m. − Race registration and packet pickup
  • 7:15 a.m. – Starting line welcome
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5-mile start
  • 8 a.m. – 5K start
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1-mile start
  • 8:45 a.m. – Kids Dash
  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. − Health Expo by USF College of Public Health and Moffitt Cancer Center
  • 9 a.m. − Gerdau Ameristeel Survivor Tribute for cancer survivor race participants
  • 9:30 a.m. − Awards ceremony

Facts for journalists:

  • B-roll and digital stills will be available pre- and post-race.
  • The race has registered 200 cancer survivors.
  • Survivors will be available for interviews May 9.
  • More than 75 teams are participating, many with 100-plus members.
  • The race was founded in 2006 by Karen Dalton, wife of Moffitt CEO Dr. William S. Dalton.
  • Title sponsor Florida Bank has branches in six counties.
  • Florida Bank chairman Robert Rothman and CEO Katie Pemble will run.
  • The race has raised $230,000 for Moffitt research programs since 2006.
  • Extreme athletes will run 50 miles starting Friday, May 8, finishing with the 5-mile race.
  • Moffitt’s Mole Patrol® will be onsite to perform free skin cancer screenings.
  • Information is available online at www.milesformoffit.com.
  • For information on Florida Bank, call media coordinator Andy Bowen at (813) 374-3735 or (404) 822-3309 (cell).

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  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.