The AF Canyon Run Against Cancer brings together runners and a good cause. The annual race raises money to help local cancer patients. A committee from Intermountain Healthcare comes together every year to put on the race down American Fork Canyon.
“Intermountain wanted to find a way to connect with the community and help benefit their cancer services that would also help them fulfill their mission to help people create healthy lives and to help restore them to health when illness or injury occurs,” says Holly Hardy, AF Canyon Race Director. “It’s a great way to get in touch with the community.”
All of the proceeds from the race benefit the cancer services at Intermountain. Funds help local cancer patients pay for medical bills or other things they may need such as a wig or transportation to the hospital.
“The money is going to people who are your neighbor,” Holly says.
Intermountain also encourages each participant to race in honor of someone who has been affected by cancer.
“We want people to know that even if they don’t have direct contact with someone who has cancer, dedicating your run makes it so much more meaningful,” Holly says.
The includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids run. At the end, “a finish-line festival” includes vendors, live music, food, goodies, face painting and more for participants and bystanders who come to cheer on their favorite runners.
“It’s fun to see people celebrate their accomplishments,” Holly says. “We want people to see what a great race it is and what a great cause we are working toward.”
The AF Canyon Run Against Cancer is Saturday, June 23. The finish line is at Art Dye Park in American Fork. Start times for each race vary. Learn more at afcanyonrun.com.