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Team V will race with purpose in Rock 'n' Roll marathon

Posted February 25, 2014

— When more than 10,000 runners hit Raleigh’s streets in April for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, each one will be motivated by something different.

Some will pound the pavement for enjoyment, and others will be using the event to complete a fitness goal. For Sherrie Mazur, who works for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the run will be personal.

She’ll be completing the half-marathon course to raise money – money that could one day help find a cure for the disease.

“I lost my aunt and my grandfather to cancer,” she said. “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this disease.”

Larissa Muchnick, who is training Mazur and other “Team V” members for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, said the entire group has a special motivation to complete the race.

“Maybe they are a survivor themselves. Or they have a parent that survived,” Muchnick said. “Maybe they are running memory of someone.”

Mazur said training for the run has become part of her daily and weekly routine. Her goal is to finish the half-marathon, 13.3 miles, in less than two hours.

“I’ve run a 5K here and there, but I’m certainly not a runner,” she said. “What I put into it today will make it easier for me in April.”

Mazur said she hopes her run makes a difference in the lives of others.

“If I can do something for me and get healthy, and do something for the greater good, fighting cancer, it’s a win-win,” she said.


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  • RL_Bynum Feb 26, 2014

    It's terrific that money is raised for charities in this race. But this is run by a for-profit national company. The locally run Tobacco Road Marathon, which has no paid staff, donates about $100,000 to charities every year. That, however, doesn't get as much attention.

  • JennyB Feb 26, 2014

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    Agreed. You must be really fun at parties.

    I'll be there (unrelated to the article). It's my first half...the theme and concept looked fun, so that's why I signed up. You will not ruin my fun!

  • Obamacare for America Feb 25, 2014

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    Well there you have it. I sure hope Sherrie doesn't read your comment.

  • friskymonkey2 Feb 25, 2014

    Run a race for a foundation that's only mission is to provide Jim Valvano's family with a steady stream of income since there will never be a cure for any type of cancer discovered. A cure for cancer is a death sentence for these many foundations that rely on donations and royalties from using idiotic, copyrighted symbols in order to support million dollar salaries of the executives that run these useless foundations and organizations.