Charity run to benefit cancer patients makes West Virginia debut

April 3, 2023

Charleston to host inaugural Partners in Care Head & Neck 5K/2-Mile Walk in early May

A nationwide series of charitable 5K runs and 2-mile walks to benefit local head and neck cancer patients is making its West Virginia debut next month in Charleston.

The inaugural Partners in Care 5K/2-Mile Walk happens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Magic Island, 101 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.

Registration is open now through race day, with an entry fee of $35 for adults and $25 for those ages 17 and under (children under 5 years of age are free). Fees to pre-register before April 20 are discounted $5, and all participants who register in advance will receive a race T-shirt.

Funds raised benefit the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation and will be used to provide financial assistance to head and neck cancer patients and to provide cancer screenings and treatment in and around Charleston.

The overall top male and female 5K runners will receive an award, with the first three male and female finishers in each age category of the timed run receiving a lanyard pin. Strollers and pets are allowed only in the 2-mile walk.

The debut West Virginia event is part of the charitable foundation’s spring season of races nationwide. Additional events are happening in California, Colorado, Florida, North and South Carolina and Washington state.

The race series was started 11 years ago to bring awareness to head and neck cancers and raise money for those unable to afford costly recovery therapies that often aren’t covered by insurance or which require a very high copay.

For more information about the event, including registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit here.