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Hundreds of runners hit the "Yellow Brick Road" to fight cancer

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: May 03 2013 05:48:27 PM CDT
New Bern, Craven County -

For the fifth year, runners will head to Creekside Elementary School in Craven County for the Run The Yellow Brick Road race. Each year racers raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of Nancy Strawbridge, a Creekside teacher who died from cancer.

"Because every year for the past 30 years she's taught a unit on the Wizard of Oz and so many kids love it and everyone here at Creekside remembers her for it," says Kristi Strawbridge, Nancy Strawbrige's daughter.

Every year the run has grown. In the past five years, over $30,000 has been raised for cancer research.

Lead Organizer Jami Turner Horton says it has taken a lot of hard work to organize the race every year. She says it has been amazing watching it grow each year.  She says she is glad the race is helping the fight against cancer.

"So, not only are you running and having fun with your friends, you are supporting something that you really believe in," said Turner Horton.

The first six feet of the road will be painted yellow for the race. There will also be a commemorative banner for runners to sign in the honor or memory of someone affected by cancer. This banner will then be laminated and used for future years.

The race kicks of at  8am on Saturday at Creekside Elementary School in Craven County. Online registration has closed, but runners who arrive at the school before the race will still be allowed to register.