The mission of the Karene O’Hare Ovarian Cancer Memorial Run/Walk (Aka: The Hare & Tortoise New Quarter Park 8K Run/Walk) is to raise funds to underwrite Ovarian Cancer screening programs for uninsured and underinsured women. It also underwrites educational initiatives. This mission responds to important community health needs for women of all ages. Our Run/Walk is the only comprehensive effort on the peninsula that is dedicated to this mission. The money raised remains in the local areas and there are no administrative expenses.
Since 2009, we have donated $129,000 to the Lackey Free Family Clinic and the Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center to underwrite their Ovarian Cancer screening programs. Additionally, we’ve donated $6,000 in support of educational initiatives.
Please consider these facts. Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. About 1 in 58 women will receive a new diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer and in the year 2016, approximately 15,000 will die from the disease. It is very difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are subtle and easily confused with other conditions. The over-all 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with the disease is approximately 46%, versus 89%, for women diagnosed with breast cancer and 72% for women diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Awards in the 8K Run will go to the top three (3) overall lmen and women and to the tope three (3) in five-year age groups for men and women, from age 19-and under through age 70 and-over. Awards in the 8K Walk will go to the top five overall men and women. Post-race refreshments will be provided to all runner, walkers and one-mile fun run/wak participants.
The race starts at the large park pavilion, proceeds around the softball field, takes a right turn onto Lakeshead Drive and proceeds out of the park. The run makes a right turn onto East Queen Drive, follows a counterclockwise loop of Copse Way, and returns on the route to the point where the path crosses over Lakeshead Drive. The run takes a right turn over to the paved path and then turns onto the path and up
to the softball field. The route proceeds to the right around the softball field to the fire trail and then proceeds down the fire trail to the large meadow turnaround. The run follows the meadow turnaround and proceeds back on the fire trail and around the softball field to the large park pavilion. The route is a beautiful,scenic, shaded course with views of meadows and woods. See map below.
From Interstate 64
Take exit 242A onto Route 199. Exit Route 199 onto Route 143 towards Williamsburg. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Penniman Road (Magruder Elementary School is on the corner). Proceed 1 block and turn left onto Hubbard Lane. Proceed straight ahead on Hubbard Lane for about 2 miles. Make a right turn onto Lakeshead Road and proceed straight for about 2 miles until you reach the park entrance.
From Route 143
At the route 143 – Penniman Road traffic light (coming from Newport News) turn right onto Penniman Road (Magruder Elementary School is on the corner). Proceed 1 block and turn left onto Hubbard Lane. Proceed straight ahead on Hubbard Lane for about 2 miles. Make a right turn onto Lakeshead Road and proceed straight for about 2 miles until you reach the park entrance.
From Downtown Williamsburg
Take the Colonial Parkway (from the Information Center area) towards Yorktown. Take the Queens Lake exit off the Colonial Parkway. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hubbard Lane, then turn right onto Lakeshead Drive and proceed straight for about 2 miles until you reach the park entrance.
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Information about the event is available in : English