2015 Rhulen Rock Hill Run and Ramble – Fight Against Leukemia and Lymphoma
Firestorm Founders Race to Fight Against Leukemia and Lymphoma – A Father’s Day Tradition
Runners and ramblers from throughout the Hudson Valley will support a great cause during the 23rd Annual Rhulen Rock Hill Run & Ramble (R4) on June 20th, 9 a.m. EDT in Rock Hill, New York.
The 5K walk/run will raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, the R4 Patient Fund, Catskill Regional Medical Center and other worthy charities.
“The Rhulen Run & Ramble is a Father’s Day-weekend tradition that raises people’s awareness of blood-related cancers, and although the event is lots of fun, and focuses on health and wellness, we must remember why we do it—to save lives” said Firestorm co-founder Suzanne Rhulen Loughlin, the race director and daughter of the race’s honoree, the late Walter Rhulen.
The R4 also hosts a bone marrow drive, which began in 2008 when it was learned that 21-year-old Monticello resident Jared Carlew needed a transplant. Sadly, Carlew died before a transplant could be arranged, which happens to many patients because of the lack of available donors. The community has lost other great people, like Gil Sandvoss of Monticello, N.Y., a retired employee of Arthur Glick Truck Sales, and Roy Chelsen, 49, of Warwick who worked Firehouse Engine 28 Ladder 11 for 22 years. He was in the WTC collapse on 9/11 and saved many firefighters’ lives.
According to DKMS, although there are 13 million worldwide included on the bone-marrow registry, 6 out of 10 patients NEVER receive the lifesaving transplant they need. “These aren’t faceless, nameless people that are searching for the match. They are people in our own community, young and old, of every ethnicity. You may be that match. You may save a life. A simple swab of the cheek is all it takes to start this life-saving process.” said Loughlin
To date, the event has raised over $1.2 million and over 600 names have been added to the International Bone Marrow Bank. Each day, over 6,000 people are looking for a match and don’t find one.
Last year 1,078 runners and walkers participated in the Rhulen Rock Hill Run & Ramble. The 2014 Rock Hill Run & Ramble raised $70,000 that benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Trevor Loughlin Foundation, as well as Catskill Regional Medical Center, DKMS and the United Way of Sullivan County. Grants were issued from Trevor’s foundation to people, young and old, battling blood cancers and other acute catastrophic conditions like glioblastoma, tongue cancer and stiff-man syndrome.
The 5K walk/run is held in honor of Walter A. Rhulen, a dedicated runner and local humanitarian who lost his battle with Leukemia in 1998. Rhulen was the founder of Frontier Insurance Group in Rock Hill.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Frontier Insurance Building on Lake Louise Marie Road in Rock Hill and loop around scenic Lake Louise Marie. On-site registration starts at 7 a.m., but race officials are encouraging everyone to pre-register by visiting the official race website at www.rockhillrun.com. The pre-registration fee for the Run & Ramble, before June 16, is $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 900 registrants. After June 16th the registration cost is $30 and $20 for children 10 and under.
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. The overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd male /female runners will receive cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100. Overall male/female finisher age 45+ will receive $150.
This year’s raffle prizes include: Apple iWatch, Fitbit Charge Activity Wrist Band, Gym Annual Membership, Spa Weekend, Lady GaGa & Tony Bennett Pavilion Tickets, Yoga and Pilates Certificates, Hotel Stay, Season Ski Pass, Rounds of Golf, Restaurant Certificates, Wine and so much more.
Allure Magazine Editor’s Favorite raffle includes two gift baskets of beauty products, valued at $1,000 each.
Attendees will be treated to live music and a lunch buffet. A post event celebration includes a health far, food court and live music will await the runners and ramblers upon their return.
Local health care businesses already scheduled to attend ‘the best health far under the tent’ include: Alzheimer’s Association, Bethel Animal Clinic, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Children’s School of Yoga, Cornell Cooperative, Crystal Run Health Care, Dolson Avenue Medical, Family Foot Care, Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa, United Way of Sullivan County, Upstate Cycling & Group Fitness Studio, VIP Crossfit, YMCA and many more
For any questions, please contact Suzy Loughlin at [email protected]