Raleigh, N.C. — 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.