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

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

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