Brock Wilkerson, left, and John Toole pose at the 2005 Boston Marathon. Wilkerson passed away in 2005 and Toole co-founded the Brock Wilkerson Memorial Cancer Research Fund in his honor.
LENOX, Mass — The eighth annual BrockTrot race returns on Sunday, Sept. 29, to increase lung cancer awareness and raise money for research.
"The BrockTrot is organized each year to increase awareness of lung cancer in nonsmokers," said John Toole, BrockTrot Race chairman and the co-founder of the Brock Wilkerson Memorial Cancer Research Fund. "Our goal is to raise money for research and early detection, in the hopes of one day eradicating this deadly disease. Not only are we out there to spread awareness and raise funds, but to have some fun and celebrate the life of Brock Wilkerson."
The fund has raised nearly $300,000 for single cell lung cancer research
Wilkerson passed away at 47 years old from lung cancer after a two year battle. A father, husband, marathon runner and active member of the Lenox community, he served on many nonprofit boards and competed in 13 marathons — three when he had cancer.
"We hope that each and every year, the BrockTrot, will bring family, old friends and new friends together, while reinforcing what was important to Brock — living, loving and enjoying every moment no matter what," Toole said.
Over 500 participants are expected to attend. Activities include a certified 10K, 5K and 1.5-mile kids race/walk at Shakespeare and Company and a 5K community pledge walk through Lenox.
Entry fees are:
$25 for the 10K
$15 for the 5K
$10 for the kids' race and community walk
After Sept. 16, the 10K and 5K races and community walk will cost an extra $5. Registration is available at www.brocktrot.org