The 16th Annual Race for the Place Helps the Gathering Place Help Cancer Survivors

Race for the place

6/5 @ 9AM

On June 5, thousands of people throughout the Northeast Ohio area will head to Beachwood Place for the Gathering Place’s 16th annual Race for the Place. In celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day®, participants can help raise funds to support those touched by cancer in Cleveland’s local communities. The event offers a one mile and chip-timed 5K for both walkers and runners alike.

“As our biggest fundraiser for the year, the Race for the Place brings the community together to support everyone who walks through our doors as they face the issues that arise from being touched by cancer,” said Eileen Saffran, chief executive officer of the Gathering Place. “We’re truly grateful for the passion, determination and drive of our community and sponsors who support the race.

Race for the Place is expected to draw over 4,000 participants and net $395,000 in proceeds, which will help fund the free services offered by the Gathering Place, including support groups, programming for children and teens, art therapy, nutrition and exercise classes, lectures, lending libraries, the HairPeace Wig Salons and more. Over its 16-year history, the annual event has raised over $2 million for the Gathering Place and those touched by cancer.

The race is on rain or shine, starting at 9am on the upper level parking deck between Nordstrom and Dillard’s at Beachwood Place. Race day registration begins at 7:30am. A National Cancer Survivors Day ceremony will be emceed by WKYC evening news anchor and senior health correspondent Monica Robins and Jim Donovan beginning at 8:45am. A number of family activities including face painting, games, music and more will be held in Celebration Village starting at 8am.

Following the race, an award ceremony will take place at 10:15am, recognizing the teams with the most members and those that raised the most money in five categories: corporate, community, school, health/fitness and new team. Awards will also be presented to the overall male and female winners, male and female cancer survivors and overall winners in each age category.

Register individually or start a team online at, by calling the Gathering Place at 216.595.9546 or by visiting The Gathering Place’s Beachwood (23300 Commerce Park) or Westlake (800 Sharon Drive) locations.

Entry fees:

5K > $25, Ages 16+ (Price will increase to $30 at 11:59 PM on 5/30)

5K > $18, Ages 6 to 15 (Price will increase to $20 at 11:59 PM on 5/30)

1 Mile > $20, Ages 16+ (Price will increase to $25 at 11:59 PM on 5/30)

1 Mile > $15, Ages 6 to 15

Children 5 and under are free to participate in the 5k run or one mile walk.

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center that focuses on the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their family and friends. With programs provided free of charge, The Gathering Place’s services are designed to complement traditional medicine with a mind-body-spirit approach. Since its inception, The Gathering Place has helped more than 35,000 people touched by cancer through more than 271,000 visits. The Gathering Place has 350 active volunteers and an annual budget of just over $2.4 million.

[Written by Kendall Embrescia-Hridel]

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