cancer league of coOn August 16, 2015, the 19th annual Race for Research, presented by the Cancer League of Colorado, will return to Washington Park in Denver.

The 5k run/walk raises funds for cancer research in Colorado in memory of Michele Plachy-Rubin. Plachy-Rubin lost her battle to brain cancer in 1998. Plachy-Rubin, a young wife, mother, and teacher for Denver Public Schools was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996. During her treatment Plachy-Rubin’s friends conceived the idea for Race for Research as an effort to raise money to fund local cancer research. Now, almost twenty years later, the event is stronger than ever.

Nearly 900 people are expected to attend and prizes will be awarded to the top runners. Faux bronze trophies will be awarded to the top three male and top three female runners plus a certificate from Runners Roost. First place winners will receive a certificate for a pair of shoes, second places winners will get a $50 gift certificate, and third place winners will receive a $30 gift certificate. There will also be a beer garden, live music, and a pancake breakfast after the race.

All proceeds from the event are directed to cancer research in Colorado including the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Rebecca Schweppe, PhD, CU Cancer Center investigator, is one of many researchers who have received funding from the Cancer League of Colorado. She specializes in thyroid cancer, a disease that is actually increasing in incidence rates.

“Unfortunately it is hard to get funding for thyroid cancer because it is a rare disease,” says Schweppe. “Because of the funding we received from the Cancer League of Colorado we have been able to start pilot projects that test new ideas that may lead to bigger discoveries. It is our hope that we will be able to take the findings from our lab and translate them into the clinic.”

Register online at to reserve a T-shirt in your preferred size. You can also register in person at Runner’s Roost Denver from August 1 through August 15. 15. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Race day fees will be higher so register now for the best pricing.