The Los Angeles Starry Night 8.5k run/walk strives to encourage and give hope to all children and families who are fighting one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Each of the 28,000 steps of the 8.5k course honors the 28,000 children who live with a brain tumor in the United States. The Los Angeles run/walk will take place on Saturday, November 5th at Griffith Park on a rain or shine basis.
In addition to the 8.5k run, the evening event will also include a shorter course for those interested in walking and even a 50-yard dash for children. Families should also feel welcome to bring strollers and wheelchairs to the run/walk. The night hopes to involve all fighters to beat this terrible disease.
There will be food, music, entertainment, and so much more in the time following the walk/run. There will also be provided water stations along the course. The night will conclude with a nighttime ceremony, as participants light the dark sky with lanterns to display support and hope for a cure. This ceremony will unite participants and fighting families together as one, as all serve as one community in search for a cure.
The funds raised through the Starry Night 8.5K event will go directly toward needed research into the more than 100 types of childhood brain tumors and help provide support services for local families. Because blindly steering the way through a brain tumor diagnosis is one of the hardest things a parent can do, raised funds will help offer educational materials, financial support, and other resources for families who are fighting for their child’s life.
Participants who raise over $100 will be eligible to receive incentives like a Starry Night 8.5k event t-shirt. For those who raise over $500, these participants can earn a heather grey and navy baseball cap or an extra large navy tote bag. Then, the participants who raise over $1,000 will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt in addition to an item from the $500 level. Those who raise even more will be eligible for even more prizes.
For those looking to become more closely involved in the event, consider volunteering by helping to guide the parking area, distributing food, or helping with event registration.
Register online by forming/joining a team or as an individual for an event that strives to change children’s lives.
Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne is a little less than a thirty-minute drive to Griffith Park.