Runners Assemble: Warriors for William 5K Takes Place Sunday

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Williams Warriors 5k

Last updated: 10/25/2019 @ 10:38 a.m.

Richmond Hill, GA – Do you want to be a superhero? Could you fight with the powers of good against the forces of darkness?

Well now you can! All you have to do is sign up for the Warriors for William 5K run taking place at JF Gregory Park in Richmond Hill on Sunday, October 27.

For the younger heroes in the family there’s also a separate half-mile kids run, as well as a superhero training camp.

This is the sixth running of this family friendly event, which started back in 2013 to support young William Webb. William was a lively and brave 3-year-old who fought heroically against a form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

Despite the best efforts of William’s family, the preschooler tragically lost his life to the disease. William’s parents, Pediatrician Dr. William Webb and his wife Danielle, a pediatric dietitian vowed to fight on against childhood cancers in William’s memory.   

Together they founded the Warriors for William Foundation, and the Warriors 5K is a major part his legacy. 

William took inspiration from his favorite superheroes while undergoing treatment, so all those attending are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero in his memory, whether running or just enjoying the family friendly fun. 

Last year, almost 200 runners took part and raised more than $18,000.

At this year’s event, in addition to the main runs, there will be inflatables, face painting, a bake sale, a costume contest, and a silent auction.

The superhero training camp will be of special interest to budding caped crusaders aged between 3 and 9. 

Among other games and activities, this year they’ll learn to avoid dinosaurs, sling webs just like Spidey himself and throw a shield like Captain America.  All training gear is provided and each hero will receive a free photo.

100% of the proceeds raised by this event go to childhood cancer research, which otherwise receives a mere 4% of federal funding for cancer research.

The majority share of donations to Warriors for William go straight to the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  This facility is the national leader in caring for children and young adults with cancer and their cancer program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report.

The 5K starts at 2pm, costs $30 and is open to runners, walkers and strollers. The kids half-mile for the under 9s begins at 1.30pm and all finishers will receive a medal.

Hero Training is from 1:45-4pm and costs $25.

Registration for all three events can be found at www.savannahraces.com and is open until October 24.

Donations to the Warriors for William Foundation can be made at www.warriorsforWilliam.com and on Facebook (@warriors4william).

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