Cancer Research at Mason Highlighted during Marine Corps Race

Posted: April 12, 2010 at 5:53 am, Last Updated: April 12, 2010 at 5:54 am

By Dave Andrews

Mason has partnered with the United States Marine Corps in the ongoing fight against cancer. This time, they’re taking the fight to the streets.

In a combined effort to raise awareness of cancer research at Mason while also honoring U.S. Marines, the Prince William County Department of Economic Development (DED) has organized the inaugural Quantico Marine Corps Crossroads 17.75K race on June 12.

Many DED employees have been affected by cancer in some way and wanted to raise additional support for the research taking place in the community. Since Mason has become a leader in cancer research, it was a likely candidate to partner with the DED and the Marine Corps.

“George Mason University has a respected team of scientists that have made great advancements in cancer research over the last few years,” says Martin Briley, executive director of the DED and captain of the PWC Team running in the race.

“Since many of these fund-raising events are on a national level, we wanted to organize a local race to highlight local cancer patients and local cancer research.”

Initially, the race had one honoree, the spouse of a long-time DED employee who battled cancer. But now, the list of honorees has grown considerably as the race date draws closer. Briley says he hopes everyone who wants to honor someone who is battling cancer can participate in some way.

“The community and the university have a great opportunity to support a local program,” says Ron Carmichael, executive officer of the Prince William Campus. “It’s also a chance to make cancer research at Mason more visible. It’s our hope that people will recognize just how significant their results have been in the world of cancer research.”

The Crossroads 17.75K race is one of three similar events organized by the Marine Corps. The other two include the well-known Marine Corps Marathon and the Historic Half in Fredericksburg, Va.

Much of the course is located in the Prince William National Forest Park and finishes at the main gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico, known as the ‘‘Crossroads of the Corps.” The 17.75 km (11.03 mi) distance commemorates the year the Marine Corps was founded.

Those who want to run can register with the PWC Team online. The registration fee is $45 per person and includes all race materials, official event technical shirt and hospitality.

For others who don’t want to run, but still wish to support the team’s efforts, donations can be submitted to the PWC Team, payable to the GMU Foundation. For more information on where to send donations and names of honorees, contact Jason Grant, DED spokesman, at

All proceeds raised during the event will go directly to the GMU Foundation and be allocated to further cancer research at Mason.

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