This weekend, all northern Nevada residents are invited to join “The
LaRena Smith Bengoa Run, Ride or Walk for the Cure.”
The 15th annual event will take place on Saturday, May 13, at French Ford Middle School.
The race will begin at 10 a.m.; registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45
a.m. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $25 for phantom racers, $20
for team members or senior citizens, and $10 for children under 10.
All registrants will receive a free goodie bag with a race t-shirt; a continental
breakfast will also be available free of charge.
A raffle and silent auction will be held in conjunction with the race.
Participants do not need to be present to win.
Homemade quilts, gift certificates and other gift items, including Mother's
Day items, will be up for grabs.
A bake sale featuring cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, quick
breads and more will also be available.
All proceeds from the race event go to help those in Humboldt and Lander
counties who are undergoing cancer treatments.
The race courses are 1, 3 or 5 miles long, and participants are encouraged
to have fun and make the race their own.
There will be competitive runners and bikers, but also many who enjoy the
course at their own pace. Strollers, bikes, wagons, carts, horses, golf
carts or motorcycles are welcome!
This year's theme is “Hope Burns On.” Mary Maher Bengoa,
who co-organizes the event with her mother Amorita Maher, said the past
15 years have shown how hope and commitment can help push back against cancer.
“As I look back over the years of this event, I am so excited to
see where our organization and this event have come,” she said.
“It has been beautiful to see that feelings of sadness and frustration
from not being to help a loved one beat cancer have turned into an active
way to fight cancer and to change people's lives for the better.”
Bengoa said many of those who have received assistance have shared parts
of their own private struggles.
“They have found such relief in receiving what little help we can
provide; it drives our group to keep working to make funds available to
those in need.”
Bengoa said that help wouldn't be possible without the local business
and community members who give so generously.
“We can't thank them enough,” she said. “We appreciate
all that they give and know that smaller donations from some are just
as big a sacrifice as bigger gifts from others.”
Since 2003, the Larena’s Race Foundation has distributed $270,000
to 230 cancer fighters in the Humboldt and Lander communities.
Applications for assistance and more information are available by visiting
the group’s website at larenasrace.org, or by calling Amorita Maher
at (541) 585-4072, Mary Maher Bengoa at (775) 635-8520, or Jeannie McRae
at (775) 623-4069.
Donations can be made to the LaRena's Race account at any Wells Fargo Bank.