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Distance Run Set for Oct. 3 To Benefit Cancer Center

June 1, 2010
Somerset Medical Center will hold the 2nd Annual Steeplechase Distance Run on October 3, 2010, in Hillsborough, NJ. Formerly known as the Steeplechase Spring Classic, the annual event offers participants the option to choose from 25K and 5K runs as well as a one-mile walk, with proceeds benefitting Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center. 

The event is sponsored in large part by Emergency Medical Associates, Imclone Systems Inc. and Physicians for the Cure, which includes Central Jersey Colon and Rectal Surgeons and Raritan Valley Surgical Associates. The run was founded by Cynthia Lee, MD, a board-certified surgeon at Somerset Medical Center who specializes in breast cancer surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures.

The Steeplechase Distance Run offers a number of involvement opportunities and a morning of fun for all, with first, second, and third place awards for various age groups. Participants will enjoy flat and rolling courses through the scenic neighborhoods of Hillsborough and Montgomery townships, energy stations along the course, a live DJ, refreshments, goodie bag, and t-shirt.

“Community events like our Steeplechase Distance Run help us to continuously provide the highest quality of care to our patients the Somerset County community,” said Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center. “We are truly grateful for the generous contributions of our sponsors and participants, and we are always proud to bring the community together at our events throughout the year.”

The Steeplechase Distance Run helps support the programs and services of Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center. The Center enables Central New Jersey patients to see their doctors, undergo treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies—all in one convenient and comfortable setting close to home. The $28 million three-story, 63,000-square-foot outpatient facility houses the sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program, the sanofi-aventis U.S. Wellness Boutique, infusion therapy, radiation oncology services, the medical center’s research team, oncologists’ offices, a resource library, nutritional counseling and complementary medicine services. 

Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. on October 3, followed by the 25K run at 8 a.m., 5K run at 8:30 a.m., and one-mile walk at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be presented from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Fees range from $15 to $45, and participants are welcome to donate additional funds to the Steeplechase Cancer Center. For more information or to register, please call (908) 902-8587, email, or visit

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. 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