Ryan Adkins, executive director and founder of the Kilometers for Cancer 5K/10K run, had originally tried to host the run in his home town of Brier in 2013, but when the city turned him down, he said he wasn’t ready to give up.
“It wasn’t something where I was going to be deterred just because the mayor told me no,” Adkins said. “It wasn’t going to stop me.”
Adkins decided to found Kilometers for Cancer after his father was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010. Proceeds from the run benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
“I was really anxious to help, raise money and raise awareness,” Adkins said. “I really wanted something in my hometown to benefit (lymphoma). There’s a lot of fun 5Ks out there, but I wanted to do something we can raise awareness for.”
His father received a successful stem cell transplant in 2015 and has been in remission ever since.
“Life is back to normal,” Adkins said. His father has attended every Kilometers for Cancer run that he could, depending on his treatment at the time. His father plans to attend this year.
For now, the race is going strong in Kenmore–but as the race continues to grow, Adkins said he would be open to the idea of hosting a second race in Brier or nearby Lake Forest Park.
“We’re pretty happy where we are,” Adkins said. “Lake Forest Park and Brier are very beautiful, though, so I’m not ruling it out.”
The race on Sunday, Sept. 25 begins at 9:05 a.m., with day-of registration opening at 7:30 a.m., at Log Boom Park, 6100 N.E. 175th St. in Kenmore. To register early, click here. The price will go up as the race gets closer.