Sigma Chi fraternity hosts 5K race to fund cancer research



FLUSHING — Road race season will be kicking off in Flushing this month with a new 5K fundraiser aimed at funding cancer research.

On May 22, the Sigma Chi Zeta Theta B fraternity will host the Huntsman Cancer Foundation 5K Run/Walk at Flushing High School. The race will start at 9 a.m., beginning at FHS on Carpenter Road and continuing through the Flushing County Park before returning to the high school via McKinley Road and Carpenter Road.

Sigma Chi, which is affiliated with Kettering University, is also working on a virtual race format that will allow participants to complete the 5K on their own time within two weeks after the May 22 event.

All proceeds from the 5K will go to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which funds cutting-edge cancer research and provides innovative care programs for cancer patients.

“Our international fraternity has pledged over $20 million to Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Huntsman Cancer Institute,” said Donovan Hoffman, Sigma Chi Zeta Theta B’s philanthropy chairman and the 5K race director. “Along with other chapters across the nation, we’re basically the workforce behind that mission, raising money through our local fundraisers.”

Due to COVID-19, Sigma Chi was forced to cancel its traditional Haunted House fundraiser in October 2020. But despite obstacles posed by the pandemic, the fraternity still raised over $20,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation this past year.

Hoffman said that his chapter is hoping to raise between $5,000 to $10,000 from the 5K, while giving area runners and walkers a fun event to participate in.

“We knew this would be a great way to get people out and active and supporting our top cause,” he said. “COVID has been a tough wall for us, but we’re trying to climb it the best we can. All the support we can get for this race would be greatly appreciated.”

Hoffman said that COVID safety protocols will be fully utilized in the race, including staggered start times, socially distanced starting blocks and sanitizer stations throughout the course.

General admission for the race is $35, and Kettering students who enter can get $10 off their registration by presenting a valid student ID. Participants will receive a shirt, drawstring bag, water bottle, participation ribbon and bib with registration.

The deadline to register for the race is May 17 at noon. Registration information and a full list of COVID protocols for the race can be viewed at ztsigs.org/b-section/philanthropy.