The race is not about competition and it isn't about any reward, Roger Rosenthal and his daughter Kelli are holding the third annual Anne's Quest 5K run on Oct. 23 to promote family fun and educate people about colon cancer.
Anne Rosenthal died of the disease on Oct. 20, 2007, at the age of 55, leaving behind her husband, Roger, and her children Kelli, Erin and Timmy. Anne became an avid runner in her 40's, according to Kelli, who said her mother ran about 4 miles every other day.
The race and the foundation [also called Anne's Quest] involves everything my mom stood for, Kelli said. "We make it a very family-friendly race. We don't make it competitive."
Kelli said they have received complaints, along with some praise, that they don't spend money on medals or prizes for the winning runner. Kelli said she believes that money is better spent directly with the foundation.
However, there will be a raffle at the end of the event for donated prizes such as Chuck E. Cheese's tokens, certificates to salons and a basket full of wine and cheese will be given away.
The run will begin at Shaker High School, where Anne was a math teacher for 20 years, and head to Siena College, where she graduated from and met her husband, and back to Shaker.
"We'll have facts and advice on how to prevent colon cancer," said Kelli.
Education means a lot to Roger, who believes that the age of 50 is too late to get your first colonoscopy, even though it is the age the federal government suggests.
"If we can get one person to get a colonoscopy," said Roger, "then we've done our job."
Roger added that they are working with the American Cancer Society to try to create an outreach program to encourage physicians to do more about educating people about colon cancer. He said the ACS already has a program in place, which they will try to "piggyback off of."