Three years ago, American Cancer Society volunteers and staff fell short of their Relay For Life goal in Belmont County and GLOW 4 GOAL 5K was born.
Since its record setting first year, raising $10,000 and hosting over 400 participants, the GLOW 5K committee has worked to make this glow in the dark race bigger and brighter each year.
This year, volunteers decided that in order to provide participants with more fun extras at the race and make even more money for the American Cancer Society, they needed to seek out a larger sponsor to partner with. For Anytime Fitness, the opportunity was a no-brainer.
Anytime Fitness staff display the 2014 GLOW 5K shirts. Pictures left to right are Audra Ney, Owner; Brandon Pastor, Manager; Kyle Wojtasek, and Jorge Leon.
"We sponsored the race last year and it was a really great event. We have all been affected by cancer in some way and it just seemed like a great fit to be the naming sponsor this year," said Brandon Pastor, Anytime Fitness owner.
Anytime Fitness is a 24 hour gym in St. Clairsville. Pastor also recently opened a location in Moundsville.
Race Director and American Cancer Society employee Chelsea Edwards says that Anytime was the first business that came to mind when the committee created the naming sponsor opportunity.
"The staff at Anytime Fitness has always been so supportive of American Cancer Society and the community. They are a 24-hour gym and we are a night time race, so it just made sense," said Edwards.
Gym Manager Kyle Wojtasek is already involved as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, so he is very happy about the partnership.
"My family does Relay For Life every year and my mom is a cancer survivor. Being able to represent Anytime Fitness and support the American Cancer Society is really exciting," Wojtasek said.
The GLOW 5K will take place on August 23 at St. Clairsville amphitheater. Registration and check in will be open beginning at noon that day. Awards will be given for top 3 overall male and female runners, first place overall male and female walkers and 1st place male and female in each age group.
Participants can reach out to Edwards at Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-359-0624 or visit active.com to register for the race.