2011 Jay Dix Challenge to Cure race will benefit cancer research at Ellis Fischel
COLUMBIA, Mo. ─ You don’t have to work in a research lab to help find a cure for cancer. At 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, hundreds of runners and walkers will take to the streets of Columbia for the ninth annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure Race benefiting cancer research and treatment at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
The race schedule includes a 5K walk or run and a 10K run that will start together from Flat Branch Park at the corner of Fourth and Cherry streets in downtown Columbia. Children not participating in the race can play in a supervised fun area at Flat Branch Park.
First held in 2003, the race has grown in size and stature, while raising more than $126,500 to find a cure for cancer. The Jay Dix Challenge to Cure drew more than 700 runners and walkers last year, with 100 percent of the proceeds staying local to support Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
The race was established in memory of Jay Dix, M.D., a University of Missouri Health Care pathologist who fought his own battle with cancer. Dix served as the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway counties and was involved in several medical and research organizations. He also enjoyed competing as a triathlete.
The event is organized annually by the Columbia Multisport Club, a local organization developed to encourage participation in road races, cycling races, triathlons and healthy lifestyles.