CLEARWATER – The name and time might have changed, but Morton Plant Mease’s fourth annual prostate cancer awareness event, now known as Miles for Men, again is featuring a family-friendly race starting at Morton Plant Hospital.
“We’re still focusing on the same great cause of prostate cancer awareness,” said Dr. Scott Klavans, chair of the Miles for Men planning committee.
The event will be Saturday, Sept. 7, presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, and benefits Morton Plant Mease community screenings and education services and assists prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, and one out of every six males will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime.
Along with a 5K (3.1 miles), the event features a 10K (6.2 miles) and a Kids Dash. The race will switch to an evening start, with the 5K and 10K starting at 6:30 p.m. Both courses will take runners through surrounding waterfront neighborhoods and over the Memorial Causeway Bridge.
The post-race party includes live music, along with food and beverages sponsored by Papa John’s pizza and Sea Dog Brewing Company.
• 10K – $30 until Aug. 31, $35 Sept. 1-6; and $40 day of race
• 5K – $25 until Aug. 31; $30 Sept. 1-6; and $35 day of race
• Kids Dash – $10 through Sept. 7.
Late registrations are available on the day of the race for an additional $5 fee.
The race is part of Morton Plant Mease’s recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Other events will include screenings and lectures.
“Our hope is that through this and other events that people are more aware that early detection of prostate cancer is vital,” said Klavans. “There is up to a 40 percent decrease in the death rate if caught early through screenings. And with the advanced treatments available, prostate cancer patients can experience a good recovery and a full and active life.”
The event hopes to build on last year’s successful event that attracted more than 600 participants, including a number of prostate cancer survivors.