Cougs race to raise money for cancer research at annual 5K


The 28th annual BYU Cougs vs. Cancer Run was held on BYU campus on Saturday, March 11.

The event honors former BYU president Rex E. Lee, an avid runner who passed away from cancer in 1995. The run raises money for cancer research at BYU.

“Every penny raised goes towards funding BYU students who do cancer research through the Simmons Center for Cancer Research,” Program Coordinator Cristy Welsh said.

The event begins each year with opening ceremonies and a warmup led by Cosmo the Cougar. The run kicks off with a kids’ 1K “Fun Run” around the Clarence F. Robinson Outdoor Track and Field. The main event, the 5K, took runners from the track to a loop around BYU campus.

After runners complete the course, they can refuel at the snack table and enjoy music from a live DJ before medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age category.

Runners are invited to fill out a card explaining why they run and their connection to cancer.

“I’ve yet to meet a human that hasn’t been in some way impacted by cancer,” Welsh said.

The Cougs vs. Cancer 5K is held once a year, typically the second Saturday of March.

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