Relay team readies for poker run
by Paisley Boston
May 11, 2014 | 2245 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Planters Bank Relay For Life team is set to host a 5kard Poker Run 5k on Saturday.

The race will begin at Bear Pen Park at 8 a.m. and registration is $30 in advance and $35 for individuals who chose to register the day of the race.

Registration packets can be retrieved from Planters Bank on Friday from 9 a.m.-5p.m. or at Bear Pen Park on the day of the race from 7-7:45 a.m.

Participants will receive a goody bag that contains various items, along with their racing number and a T-shirt.

Refreshments will also be provided after the race.

Event Coordinator Cassie Shaw said she believes this event is important because running and walking have become popular forms of exercise and this is a great way to help combat cancer.

"Cancer affects the lives of so many people and we just want to do our part by providing funds to assist the American Cancer Society with cancer research and prevention," said Shaw.

Shaw said the event is a great way for the Planters Bank Relay For Life team to raise money for the American Cancer Society and she encourages citizens to get involved in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

Its activities include providing grants to researchers, including funding 47 Nobel Laureate researchers, discovering the link between smoking and cancer, and serving one million callers every year through its National Cancer Information Center.

"We also think this is a fun event that will help promote and encourage healthy activity and we are excited to be able to bring a fun themed 5K to Cleveland," she added.

Shaw said for every kilometer of the 5K run/walk, participants would receive a playing card to make up a five-card poker hand.

"There will be a prize for participants with the best poker hands and placement awards for the quickest finishers in each age division, in both running and walking categories," continued Shaw.

The event will also feature a Kids Fun Run directly after the 5K.

Registration for this event is $5 and each child will receive a medal for participating.

Children who wish to participate will also have the opportunity to purchase a race T-shirt for an additional $10.

Shaw said she is looking for volunteers to help with the event.

"The more the merrier," she added.

Shaw also said she encourages participants to comfortable shoes and clothing.

"Bright colors are a good choice for safety reasons. We will be racing on open, public roads. Participants should prepare to receive a total of five playing cards along the race route, and will want to have a way to hang on to them until the end of the race," she added.

For more information or to register, contact Shaw at 662-843-3300 or visit to sign up online.