AACR Philadelphia Marathon Seeks Cheer Zone Participants

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With just weeks remaining until American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, the Marathon executive team is seeking community support in the form of Cheer Zone formations.

Cheering fans can make all the difference for runners; registering can also net local organizations up to $1,000!

With just weeks remaining until American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, the Marathon executive team is seeking community support in the form of Cheer Zone formations.

Cheer Zones, clusters of race supporters strategically located along both the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon (Saturday, November 18) and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon (Sunday, November 19) routes, energize runners and are vital to the runner experience.
“Cheering, clapping, yelling, cowbells, bang sticks, high fives. Any distraction to make the next few steps disappear is a boon to the runners,” explained Philadelphia Runner co-owner and local running enthusiast Ross Martinson.

There is no special training for those wishing to establish a Cheer Zone, just the ability to hoot, holler and support the runners. Local community groups, church groups, PTA groups are examples of those that can take advantage.

“Cheer Zones may not be the first thing you think of in a marathon,” explained AACR Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director Leo Dignam. “But ask any distance runner and they will tell you how much cheering means. A run of 26.2 miles is grueling but a supportive crowd can really provide a psychological lift.”

Stipends range from $250 to $1,000 depending on group participation. There are also opportunities for those offering entertainment on the course such as musicians. Entertainment rates range from $500 to $1,000.

Inquiries for either Cheer Zones participation or course entertainment can be directed to: cheerzones@philadelphiamarathon.com

This year’s AACR Marathon Weekend promises to be a good one. There is still time for those runners who have not signed up yet. Registration runs through November 10. Runners can go to PhiladelphiaMarathon.com/register for the AACR Philly Marathon, Dietz & Watson Half or the Rothman Institute 8k.

About the Philadelphia Marathon:
The Philadelphia Marathon weekend welcomes nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2017 features the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 19; the Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 18; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by registering at philadelphiamarathon.com.

About the American Association for Cancer Research:
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 37,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 108 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 21,900 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit http://www.AACR.org.

About Dietz & Watson:
Founded in 1939 right here in Philadelphia by Gottlieb Dietz, over 75 years later Dietz & Watson remains true to his original old-world recipes and his commitment to “quality above all else.” Preparing the freshest and leanest beef, ham, pork, turkey breast, and chicken breast, Dietz & Watson’s products are handcrafted using all-natural spices and seasonings, and all of their products are free of artificial flavors, colors, fillers, extenders and MSG. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Dietz & Watson continues with its commitment to excellence under the leadership of Gottlieb Dietz’s daughter, Ruth Dietz Eni (Chairman). In addition to guidance from Ruth Dietz Eni, the company is led by founder Gottlieb Dietz’ grandchildren, Louis Eni (President and CEO), Chris Eni (COO), Cindy Eni Yingling (CFO). Today, the fourth generation, Lauren Eni and Christopher Yingling have joined the company to carry the tradition even further. Learn more at http://www.DietzAndWatson.com

About Rothman Institute:
Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at over 29 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA. With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology. Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as over 40 college and high school teams. For more information about Rothman Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit http://www.RothmanInstitute.com.

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