OUR STORY ABOUT THE BATTLING CANCER RACE
In 2012 at the age of 17, Kyle Pfohl wanted to do something to raise money for cancer patients in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He met with Dr. Charles Maurer of Hematology-Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg and was made aware that there was a need for money to stay locally to help cancer patients. Kyle, an avid runner, decided that creating a road race would help raise money for local cancer patients who might not be able to afford treatments or medications. Kyle also started this race in honor of his mother, Annette Pfohl, who at the time was in the middle of her own battle with breast cancer.
Through partnership with Mary Washington Healthcare and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation the dream of the Battling Cancer Race became a reality in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 we partnered with VA Runner, who provided the packet pickup location at their store in Fredericksburg as well as gift certificates/prizes for the age group winners. Vic Culp of Race Timing Unlimited has provided online registration, chip timing and a USATF Certified course since 2012.
Towards the end of 2016, Annette Pfohl, the inspiration behind the race, passed away on November 9th after an eleven year battle with breast cancer. Although she is no longer with us, the race will now continue in her memory. She would not want the race to stop because of her passing but would have wanted the community to continue supporting the local cancer patients.
In 2017, the Battling Cancer Race developed partnerships with Terry McLaughlin of the Rappahannock Area YMCA and Jeff and Desiree Van Horn of Lucky Road Run Shop. The YMCA, a non-profit organization, oversees the funds raised by the race and the money raised continues to support the MWHC Regional Cancer Center. Lucky Road Run Shop, provides their Fredericksburg store as a location for packet pickups as well as the gift certificate awards for the age group winners.
In 2018, our 5K run/walk was voted in by Fredericksburg Area Running Club (FARC) to join the Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series as the 13th race. In 2018, we were the sixth race in the series. For 2019, and again in 2020, we are currently slated to be in the fifth race in the series. The Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series is a 11-race competitive schedule in the Fredericksburg region in which runners score points to ultimately win awards at the end of the season at the annual FARC Banquet.
As the new decade begins in 2020, Race Timing Unlimited will no longer be providing their services for timing races. Our races will now be managed through Arsenal Events by Kristen and Ken Loescher. We also will begin using RunSignup for promotion and online registrations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 9th annual race was held virtually and experienced a successful event despite the circumstances. In 2021, the race will be moving to the Saturday of Father's Day weekend.
All of the money raised continues to benefit the Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center and all of the cancer patients in the local area of Fredericksburg.
Since 2012, over $136,000 has been raised.
The Battling Cancer Race continues to occur annually with great success on Father's Day weekend.