The third annual Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race will affect local traffic Saturday morning, Sept. 8, around Morton Plant Hospital, nearby neighborhood streets and the Memorial Causeway.
CLEARWATER – The third annual Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race will affect local traffic Saturday morning, Sept. 8, around Morton Plant Hospital, nearby neighborhood streets and the Memorial Causeway.
The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and attracts approximately 1,000 runners, volunteers and spectators. This year’s event includes four races: 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), Miracle Mile (1-mile walk/run) and Kids Dash.
Law enforcement officers from the cities of Clearwater and Belleair will be directing traffic during the morning race.
The following streets will be impacted from approximately 7 to 10 a.m. during the race:
- Memorial Causeway Bridge between Bay Ave and Island Way - Druid Road West - Druid Road South - Oak Avenue - Rogers Street - Orange Avenue - Willadel Drive - Coe Road - Flamingo Drive - Bay Avenue - Corbett Street
On Memorial Causeway, runners will be on the bike path and not in traffic lanes.
The family-friendly event is 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. Race organizers hope to build on last year’s successful event that attracted more than 600 participants, including a number of prostate cancer survivors.
Participants can register online at www.MPMFoundation.org under the events tab. Registration fees are $30; $20 for the Miracle Mile and $10 for the Kids Dash. 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 prostate screenings and health seminars.
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, according to the American Cancer Society.
For more information on the Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race, please call 727-253-4056.