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Marietta-based Charity Run Looking For Participants
Marietta-based Charity Run Looking For Participants

MARIETTA, GA -- Lace up those running shoes. Atlanta's newest 5K Walk & Run is looking for participants!

Whether you're young or old, beginner or expert, or even a canine, organizers of the Knockout Cancer 5K are looking for participants. On April 2nd, the 3.1 mile run & walk will circle Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

"The event will bring the community together for a common goal, to raise money for charity. Everyone is welcome, you can even bring your dog!" Race organizer Matt Sanna says all proceeds from the $20 entry fee will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"A friend of mine from college was recently diagnosed with Leukemia for the third time. Through the research funding provided by LLS, advancements in modern medicine has been able to help her beat the disease twice and she is currently in recovery from her third battle," said Sanna. "She is a huge supporter of LLS, so I couldn't think of no better organization for the proceeds of our race to go to." 

If you're going to race, get there early. The race starts at 8:30am and race organizers expect a crowd around a thousand participants.  With 30 volunteers and around 10 merchants, Sanna says race day should be exciting and of course healthy. 

"Running, walking, and being active in general are keys to having a healthy life style. There is even a new IPhone app, called 'Couch to 5K', that will take you on a program that gets you from laying on your couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks," said Sanna. 

So far they've received applications from South Carolina, Alabama, and California.The afternoon run will not only help you to stay healthy, but knockout cancer as well.

"I'm excited, but there is still a lot of work to do.  We still need to get the word out about the 5K and the great cause it is benefiting," said Sanna.


Knockout Cancer 5K Walk & Run is set to be held Apr. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at 4909 Roswell Rd. in Marietta, GA. The cost is $20.

If you would like to sign up, volunteer, or set up as a merchant, you can visit the race website at Knockoutcancer5K or visit their facebook group here