Good Fight 5K Run – Traverse City

By E. Malik

With the pandemic hitting us hard and forcing us to stay inside our homes, a much-awaited event- The Good Fight 5K Run was put on hold and held virtually during 2020. However, this year, the 5K and 1 mile Good Fight 5K returned to its original home where runners could run the loop three times, following marked chalk lines, marked miles, and a finish line arch according to the TC Track Club. 

The in-person event was held on Sunday, the 3rd of October 2021, at the Grand Traverse City Center. Many people came to show support for people who struggle with cancer every day,

A little background story and details

Walking and running may be beneficial for your health, but they also help support a great cause at this event. The Traverse City Track Club organized the first breast cancer awareness event in 1994, known as the Good Fight 5K Run. The Good Fight 5K calls participants to take on the ‘good fight’ and walk or run alongside cancer patients or people who have been impacted by cancer.

The event is like a fun sports competition. Awards are allotted to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in male and female finishers amongst many age categories. Participants can run as fiercely as possible or watch as an audience, as long as they take the time to help with the cause.

Where do the proceeds go?

All the proceeds from the event go to the Munson Healthcare Foundation’s Cancer Patients Needs Funds. The Traverse City Track Club has managed to donate around $250,000 to the foundation through the help of this run. The participant entrance fees and sponsors like Hagerty made this job a lot easier. The foundation provides financial support to cancer patients that their insurance has not already covered. Whether it is childcare, utility bills, or rent, everything is paid by the Munson Healthcare Foundation.

Congratulations to all who participated in this worthwhile event. Visit the Traverse City Track Club for more information on upcoming events.