TAMPA, Fla. – On Saturday, May 9, an estimated 7,500 people will join together for the 10th-annual PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt at the University of South Florida. For the past 10 years, Miles for Moffitt’s mission has had one goal: Beat cancer. This year, the race hopes to raise $1.5 million for lifesaving cancer research at Moffitt.
Since 2006, Miles for Moffitt has raised more than $2 million and funded 35 researchers and their cancer research programs at Moffitt, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.
With each mile and every supporter, 100 percent of the money raised through registration and donations funds finding a cure for cancer in the Tampa Bay area. Last year’s race hosted 7,500 people who raised more than $635,000.
“Partnering with this world-class scientific research center once again, is very important to us. What they do every day strengthens and enriches the lives of Tampa Bay residents and families throughout Florida,” said Joe Meterchick, regional president of PNC Bank. “The PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt not only reinforces the importance of Moffitt’s commitment to finding a cure for cancer, it brings the entire community together in a united show of support for the survivors.”
Miles for Moffitt offers an 8K (4.97 miles) Wheelchair, 8K, 5K (3.1 miles), 1-Mile Fun Run and the Run with Raymond Kids Dash. Participants are also encouraged to register as virtual runners and contribute to funding cancer research from the comfort of their home or around the globe. Virtual runners will receive two Tampa Bay Rays tickets and a dry-fit race shirt after the race. Online registration is $45 and ends at midnight May 3. Registration will still be available in person at packet pickup locations and on race day with a $10 increased fee. Participants who register on race morning will not be chip timed.
The Gerdau Survivor Tribute Ceremony will honor all cancer survivors after the event. The post-race food pavilion will include bagels, pastries, bananas, smoothies, breakfast muffins, and apples. Awards will be given to the top three male and female age-group participants.
This year’s Miles for Moffitt sponsors include our title sponsor, PNC Bank, as well as the Tampa Bay Rays, Publix, AutoNation, Gerdau, Amgen, USF, Embassy Suites USF, BlueGrace Logistics, Tampa Bay Times, WTSP 10 News, Clear Channel Outdoor, Beasley Broadcast Group, AAA the Auto Club Group, Univision, Telemundo, Waste Management and Zephyrhills Water.
To register and for more information about the event, visit www.MilesForMoffitt.com. Remember, 100 percent of every registration and donation funds cancer research at Moffitt. You can also follow us on the official Miles for Moffitt Facebook Page. Participants and team captains can learn more about fundraising opportunities to win Tampa Bay Rays memorabilia and Columbia Restaurant gift certificates on the website and Facebook page.
- Same day/Late registration 6-7 a.m.
- Welcome and Street Closures Begin 7:15 a.m.
- 8K (4.97 Miles) Wheelchair Race (Chip Timed) 7:20 a.m.
- 8K (4.97 Miles) Chip Timed 7:30 a.m.
- 5K (3.1 Miles) Chip Timed 8 a.m.
- Food Pavilion Opens 8 a.m.
- One Mile Walk/Fun Run, Not Timed 8:20 a.m.
- Gerdau Survivor Tribute Celebration 9 a.m.
- Run with Raymond, Toddler to 8 yrs. 9:30 a.m.
- Awards Ceremony 9:45-10:30 a.m.
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States' largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.