Rio de Janeiro resident a part of Running the Race Against Cancer®

Alain Arcalji is member of the Dana-Farber team in the annual B.A.A. Half Marathon®

September 22, 2009

Alain Arcalji of Rio de Janeiro, is running the ninth annual B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund on Sunday, Oct.11, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team in the Running the Race Against Cancer® program.

As a member of the Dana-Farber team, Arcalji has committed to raise at least $500 for cancer care and research for both children and adults at world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund. The team's goal is to raise $360,000.

"Dana-Farber runners in the B.A.A. Half Marathon are challenging themselves while helping those facing a much bigger challenge - fighting cancer," says Jack Fultz, the 1976 Boston Marathon winner who designs the training program for the Dana-Farber team.

The 13.1-mile, rolling course combines a looped and out-and-back route, beginning and ending on Park Drive near the Boston Park and Recreation's Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens neighborhood of Boston. The event attracts a field of 5,000 runners, including world-class athletes.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is one of three annual events that connect the Boston Athletic Association and Dana-Farber. Other events include the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, held in September, and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) in the Boston Marathon®, which takes place in April.

To support Arcalji's run in the BAA Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org/BAAHalf.

If you have registered to run the B.A.A. Half Marathon and would like to join the Dana-Farber team, please call the Dana-Farber Marathon and Running Programs office at (617) 632-1970 or (800) 551-7036; or send an e-mail to dfrunners@dfci.harvard.edu.

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