Over 1,140 runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and abilities combined to raise about $72,000 during the annual C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run on 4th of July in downtown Hillsboro.
The 13th annual event, sponsored by the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, raises money for cancer awareness and treatment. It took place under blue-bird skies with temperatures in the 70s, perfect weather for a road run and walk. The event serves as a prelude to the annual Hillsboro Rotary Club 4th of July parade, the largest of its kind in Oregon.
The 2013 event raised about $72,000 for cancer research, pushing the amount the event has raised since its inception to almost $685,000. Mathew Klein, 22, of Portland, was the men’s event winner in a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds. Hillary Harris, 20, of Hillsboro, was the women’s winner in 20 minutes, 12 seconds. The event proved popular with the over 75 age group. Eight runners over 75 competed in the event. Buel Liming, 80, of Hillsboro, finished in a time of 54 minutes, 40 seconds. Reba Clemens, 89, also of Hillsboro, ran the 5-kilometer course in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 12 seconds.
The annual event is actually three events in one – a Kids’ Dash, a competitive 5k fun run and a 5k walk. A group of around 28 kids took part in the dash on the sunny, warm July morning.
A companion Health Fair showcased many of the Tuality Healthcare departments that provide quality care as well as some of the event corporate sponsors. Another popular attraction was the annual cancer survivor photo on the steps of the Civic Center. This year, 36 cancer survivors donned red shirts to signify they were cancer survivors.
Cece Clitheroe, director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, had high praise for participants, volunteers and corporate sponsors.
“Our amazing community continues to support this event and make it bigger and better every year,” she said. “Rest assured that we will put the $72,000 raised to good use in making our community aware of cancer and the treatment options available.”
Clitheroe had special thanks for the event’s major sponsor, Genentech, as well as patron gift sponsors Columbia State Bank, Frontier Communications, Metro West Ambulance and the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center.