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Team V runners get ready for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Posted January 27, 2015

The cold temperatures Tuesday didn't stop Kristen Schaale from training for the Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon on April 12. She ran in last year's event - her first half-marathon. 
"It was definitely a long run, but it was a lot of fun," she said. After, she felt "tired but very accomplished."

This year, Schaale is running with Team V, representing The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Her father is a cancer survivor and she wants to raise money to help fight the disease.

Team V runners do not have to pay a registration fee, if they agree to raise at least $750 for The V Foundation. 

The V Foundation is the charitable partner for the Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll marathon and half-marathon. Runners can choose to join Team V or race as an individual. 

Last year's inaugural race helped raise $300,000 for cancer research. 

"Cancer touches us all, and we need all the help we can get to beat it," V Foundation spokeswoman Katie Sweet said.  

The recent death of ESPN anchor and former WRAL-TV employee Stuart Scott after a long battle with cancer also helped bring the mission into sharp focus, Sweet said. 

"He really embodied the 'don't give up' spirit, and that is a wonderful thing for a runner. So, we will remember him this year and use that as motivation," she said. 

In addition to raising money for cancer research, Team V runners have access to an expanded coaching program to help them prepare for race day. 

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon, presented by WRAL, is Sunday, April 12 in downtown Raleigh. While the half-marathon route remains the same, the full marathon course has been changed to give runners a variety of beautiful views of the city. There are still spots available for both races.


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  • George Herbert Jan 28, 2015
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    Last year's deaths were tragic. My understanding is that both men were in good shape and had previously participated in half and full marathons. There's no guarantee that any medical screening would have prevented their deaths. Congenital heart defects can be hard to diagnose.

  • iopsyc Jan 28, 2015

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    Now your being silly and unrealistic.

  • John Ragan Jan 27, 2015
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    if that's what it takes to keep 1 person from dying...it's worth it

  • iopsyc Jan 27, 2015

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    I would wager they don't want another death.
    What would you like them to do, give 12,000 physicals the day of the race?

  • John Ragan Jan 27, 2015
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    liability waiver or not do the promoters of this race want the death of another runner on their hands by not going the extra mile and providing medical screening above the minimum requirement

  • heelhawk Jan 27, 2015

    Wonderful news for Raleigh to continue to get this event. It puts the City of Oaks in a very positive light with the young, and outdoor crowd. It brings nothing but good things to our city.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 27, 2015

    This is another great sporting event for Raleigh. Great to see them coming back, they have done this in New Orleans for 6 years now and it's a HUGE hit with the locals, the runners and the musicians.

  • iopsyc Jan 27, 2015

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    While I have not read the Rock and Roll Marathon liability waiver (because I couldn't find it online) I can say that just about all major races will require participants to sign a waiver indicating they have consulted their own physician prior to the race. The medical screening is plainly placed upon the participant, and the participant agrees to that before signing up.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 27, 2015

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    How about more personal responsibility-- don't run if you're not healthy.

  • theliberadicator Jan 27, 2015

    Thanks for the update on what weekend to plan a vacation. Away from Raleigh.