The Running Lungs 5K race and one-mile run and walk will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive.
To sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/MN/StLouisPark/WortmanRunningLungs or WortmanLungCancerFoundation.org. Visitors can meet lung cancer researchers, enjoy beverages and snacks and compete for medals.
Linda Wortman did not smoke but was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.”
Wortman is a 10-year lung cancer survivor. She is dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to take lung cancer off the podium as the top-killing cancer, she said.
Wortman has completed a 5K in every state and is working her way toward completing a 10K in every continent. She summited Mt. Kilimanjaro last year.
She and her husband, Jerry Wortman, co-founded the Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation nonprofit and its fundraising events four years ago to raise funds to support lung cancer research. Participants can be a part of the Mayo Clinic Longitudinal Lung Health Research Project. Participants receive educational information, T-shirts, a finisher medal and other items.
This year, three Running Lung races are planned in Minnesota, Montana and Arizona.