Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon: Race Day, Sunday, March 20, 2011

MP900384941The Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon is two weeks away. Race Day is Sunday, March 20th. An annual island event, the Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon benefits Colon Cancer Awareness and Prevention and the Mercer Island Rotary Foundation. 100% of fundraising donations raised for this event benefits Washington Colon Cancer S.T.A.R.S.. After the event expenses are paid for through registration fees, any leftover monies goes to the charities supported by Mercer Island Rotary Foundation.

Registration is going on right now. Participants who want to register by mail must postmark their application, with payment, by March 14th. Noon on Wednesday, March 16th, is when in-store registration closes. Online registration will be available until noon, Friday, March 18th. In the race FAQs, it’s states that online registration is the best way to register. Last minute registration is available during the Pre-Race Expo and on race day, but participants registering those days will not have the early registration discounts.

March is Colon Cancer Prevention Month. The Mercer Island Rotary decided to make colon cancer prevention the focus of its annual half marathon, as a tribute to island resident Susie Lindquist Mjelde , who lost her batter with colon cancer in 2002. Part of Susie’s legacy, in trying to help others prevent colon cancer and detect it early, developed into Get Your Rear in Gear— a coalition of 5K running events, along with other events, which promote colon health and cancer prevention.