'Richard's Run' announced for Aug. 16
In December 2013, Maggie Valley resident Richard Coker lost his long and hard-fought battle with brain cancer. He was 55, the grandson of Cataloochee Ranch founders “Mr. Tom” and “Miss Judy” Alexander, and an active member of the present-day ranch family.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, the ranch will honor his memory with the first ever Richard’s Run, a 5K mountain trail run to benefit brain cancer research. The run will begin at 10 a.m. and will cross the mile-high Ranch grounds through open meadows, across creeks and along wooded trails, with Hemphill Bald, one of Coker’s favorite places, as a dramatic backdrop.
The $25 entry fee includes a race T-shirt, water, beer, hot dogs and fruit at the finish line. There will be first-place trophies for men and women in various age categories. The day’s events will also include prize drawings and a performance by Waynesville bluegrass band Eddie Rose and Highway 40.
Corporate sponsors, fund-raising teams, donations, race-day volunteers and individual runners in all age groups will be welcome. Full details, including entry, sponsorship, volunteer and donation forms, can be found at www.richardsrun.org.
All proceeds will go to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.