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Domer Run benefits ovarian cancer research

Carly Landon | Monday, September 28, 2009

Members of the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities ran and walked in the 26th Annual Domer Run on Saturday to benefit Ovarian Cancer awareness and education.

The run, which is held each year on an away game weekend, started at 9 a.m. at Legends, and featured both a 3-mile and 6-mile run, as well as a 2-mile fun walk.

Over 500 participants showed up to Legends on Saturday to run or walk in the Domer Run, which is sponsored by RecSports and the Alumni Association, RecSports Coordinator of Special Events and Family Programs Tim Novak said.

The money raised from the registration fees and donations will be donated to the cause.

“We are here because we just want to help raise money for cancer, specifically types affecting women because it’s a good cause, and if you’re going to work out it might as well be for charity,” sophomore Kristin Mannion said.

The course took runners through campus sights such as Main Circle and Saint Mary’s Lake.

“The first two and a half miles were fine but then we hit the hill near the Grotto up to Main Building so I kept waiting for the second wind to catch on. It was a good run still,” junior Michael McDonnell said. “I survived the 3-mile Domer Run.”

Before the run, participants were eager to begin in order to show their support for the cause and help raise awareness.

“It was the first time I’ve ever done any organized run or race, but it wasn’t difficult just because the atmosphere was so good and it was important for me to participate because my best friend’s mom just got diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” senior Jennie Hiatt said.

After completing the run or walk, participants were given a complimentary pancake breakfast, courtesy of Legends, and Domer Run T-shirts.

As an added incentive for students to participate, a pizza party and hall points will be given to the hall with the highest representation.

“I’m really excited for the race because our hall, Howard, has a bunch of girls running together,” sophomore Ali Unger said. “It is important for us as women to support the cause, and also we really want to show our Hall spirit.”