Knoxville runs 756 miles for cancer


Imagine running 50 km in a full day. “It’s not that hard,” said 16-year-old Natalie Collins. Natalie’s mother died four years ago from breast cancer. She said she ran to pass on the love and care her mother had for her to other people. One thing she runs in is the Knoxville Cancer Relay. “Thursday through Friday, every hour for 24 hours, two people take turns running 5-mile loops around town for cancer,” said senior cross-country runner Mason Hatch. And there’s a nine-year tradition that the cross-country team will never run away from running in packs at three in the morning. “It’s really surreal, the highway is empty and it’s just our team at 3 a.m. driving past all these signs and it’s just a really meaningful thing,” said second runner Janie. Maasdam. The signs Janie is referring to are signs of people who have cancer, who have survived cancer, and who have died of cancer. Natalie said her mother’s sign is what drives her to run. “We can run ten miles for everything they’ve been through,” Mason said. Natalie, who is also part of Relay For Life, ran 8km loops, each in just 42 minutes. This helped her raise $2,500, the highest of any individual fundraiser. “It’s really good because you’re like I’ve done something crazy that not many people can do,” she said. more. “She was my best friend, so she really helped me through everything. She helped me live and taught me who to be.” Natalie is Knoxville’s first cross country runner. She led the Knoxville Cancer Relay runners 756 miles in 24 hours, to the football field for Knoxville’s Friday night game. $25,000 for cancer research. They’re trying to top it this year, so if you want to donate, go to Knoxville Cancer Relay on Facebook.

Imagine running 31 miles in a full day.

“It’s not that hard,” said 16-year-old Natalie Collins.

Natalie’s mother died four years ago from breast cancer. She said she ran to pass on the love and care her mother had for her to other people. One thing she runs in is the Knoxville Cancer Relay.

“Thursday through Friday, every hour for 24 hours, two people take turns running 5-mile loops around town for cancer,” said Mason Hatch, senior cross-country runner.

And there’s a nine-year tradition that the cross-country team will never run away, running in packs at three in the morning.

“It’s really surreal, the freeway is empty and it’s just our team at 3 a.m. driving past all these signs and it’s just a really meaningful thing,” sophomore Janie Maasdam said. .

The signs Janie is referring to are signs of people who have cancer, who have survived cancer, and who have died of cancer. Natalie said her mother’s sign is what drives her to run.

“We can run ten miles for everything they’ve been through,” Mason said.

Natalie, who is also part of Relay For Life, ran 8km loops, each in just 42 minutes. This helped her raise $2,500, the highest of any individual fundraiser.

“It’s really good because you’re like I’ve done something crazy that not many people can do,” she said.

Natalie did it without the person who mattered most.

“She was my best friend, so she really helped me through everything. She helped me live and taught me who to be.”

Natalie is Knoxville’s first cross country runner. She led the Knoxville Cancer Relay runners 756 miles in 24 hours, to the football field for Knoxville’s Friday night game.

How much they raised is being kept secret until the Coaches versus Cancer basketball game in January, but last year alone they raised $25,000 for cancer research.

They’re trying to do better this year, so if you want to donate, head over to Knoxville Cancer Relay on Facebook.


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