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Distance Run Oct. 2 Benefits Cancer Center

September 8, 2011
Somerset Medical Center will host its third annual Steeplechase Distance Run on Sunday, October 2 over a scenic course in Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships in New Jersey. This year’s event will include a 25K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kid Sprints, music, refreshments and more. 

“The Steeplechase Distance Run was launched two years ago to help raise awareness of and enhance the cancer care services that The Steeplechase Cancer Center provides in our community,” said Somerset Medical Center Surgeon Cynthia Lee, MD. “We are asking runners and the general public alike to come out to honor their family and friends who are touched by cancer, and to help us to raise awareness of the many people who are suffering from cancer or who have lost their battle to this terrible disease.” 

The Steeplechase Distance Run begins and ends at Amsterdam Elementary School in Hillsborough. The 25K, a popular fall marathon prep, includes a flat and rolling course running through the scenic neighborhoods and landscapes of Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships. The run features mile clocks and energy stations and is considered a challenging test of speed and endurance. Individuals participating in the 5K Run/Walk will have the option of running or walking a 3.1 mile course. Children ages two to eleven are encouraged to participate in Kid Sprints, a 25-100 yard walk designed for children. Each child will receive a ribbon for completing the walk. All runs are USATF certified.

Among the run’s participants will be “Progin’s Players.” This local organization was created in honor of Ian Progin, a guidance counselor and head boys’ basketball coach at Hillsborough High School who was diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma (brain cancer) in early May. A good number of Hillsborough students, basketball players and other well-wishers will run in honor of Progin, and to spread awareness of his particular battle. 

Check-in and registration for the Steeplechase Distance Run will begin at 7:00 a.m. The 25K race – one of the only races of its distance in the state of New Jersey -- begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 5K race at 9:00 a.m. and the Kid Sprints at 10:15 a.m. An awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Somerset Medical Center staff will be available to answer any questions regarding cancer detection and prevention, or about The Steeplechase Cancer Center. The event will be held rain or shine.

Early registration for individuals is $48 for the 25K Run, $22 for the 5K Run/Walk and $8 for the Kid Sprints, and ends on September 27. After September 27, registration fees are $55 for the 25K Run, $25 for the 5K Run/Walk and $8 for the Kid Sprints. Each 5K runner/walker will receive a short sleeve T-shirt. Runners participating in the 25K Run will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs for patients and the community at The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center. The Steeplechase Cancer Center enables Central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all in one place close to home. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2007, houses radiation therapy services, infusion therapy, breast imaging services, the medical center’s research team, oncologists’ and surgeons’ offices, nutritional counseling, patient navigator services, a patient resource library, the Sanofi-aventis U.S. Wellness Boutique and complementary medicine services, such as yoga, t’ai chi, meditation and massage. The Sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program is one of only a select few in New Jersey to achieve full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and has also been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

To register for the Steeplechase Distance Run, visit For more information, call 908-685-2885.

About Somerset Medical Center
Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited, regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services and a broad range of community programs to Central New Jersey residents. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. For more information please visit