“Let’s flock together to make the financial burden of cancer as light as a feather in our community.” That was the theme for the first ever Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) Feather 5K Fun Run/Walk, and that is exactly what you did! More than 200 sponsors, registrants, donors, volunteers and supporters collectively raised $36,731 to benefit ACCF.
The 5K was presented by Road Runner Sports CARE, and held at the Road Runner Sports Buckhead location on Saturday, November 1, 2014. In spite of freezing temperatures at race start time, and sub-freezing windchill all morning, 107 dedicated supporters ran or walked the 3.1 mile course to earn their official “Feather 5K” t-shirts.
With 10 registered teams, the pre-race competition got heated in the days leading up to the event. It came down to the wire, but Team Tower/Reddy, representing the Atlanta Cancer Care Tower office location, won with the largest number of team members as well as the largest team fundraising total. The Atlanta Cancer Care Conyers team also came through in a big way, finishing a close second in fundraising. The Atlanta Cancer Care Decatur team finished third, making an impact with a significant fundraising contribution AND the most team members in attendance at the event.
In addition to teams, lots of individuals did their part by asking their families, friends and co-workers to donate to the cause. Congratulations and thanks go to Lisa Shah, Meg Zeringue and Tara Cantrell for rallying support for the Feather 5K as the top three individual fundraisers.
Two performers from the Atlanta Dream’s Shooting Stars led participants in a pre-race stretch and warm-up. With everyone ready to get moving, the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Georgia, Casey Cagle, announced the start of the race.
ACCF’s President and Chairman, Richard Carter, MD, put his pride on the line for the Feather 5K by “racing” against Lisa Shah, PA-C in a play on the classic “The Tortoise and The Hare” fable. The friendly competition raised more than $1,800, as supporters cast votes for the “winner” by making donations. The Hare (Shah) won the vote tally over the Tortoise (Carter), 200-160, and won the foot race by a few steps as well.
The Tortoise and Hare were both left in the dust by Topher Roberts and Susie Kelly, who won impressively as the respective First Male and First Female Across the Finish Line.
Much credit for the success of the Feather 5K goes to our sponsors and in-kind donors, who made it possible for us to provide a fun experience for everyone! See the full list of sponsors here. To see many more photos from the event, go to Facebook.com/AtlantaCancerCareFoundation.