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Runners From Across the U.S. to Join Delaware Lung Cancer Survivor at 56th Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay and 5K

American Lung Association event raises research funds to help more than 123,000 Delaware residents suffering with lung disease

(March 19, 2019) - NEWARK, De.

The Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay and 5K is celebrating its 56th year on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The starting line is at Rodney Square, 9th and King Street in Wilmington, Delaware with race day activities starting at 8 a.m., and the Half Marathon, 5K and Relay will begin at 9:30 a.m. *LUNG FORCE Hero Susan Monagle will be the featured speaker, sharing her story of her Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis 2 years ago.

"I'm involved with the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay & 5K to help spread the word about the increase in lung cancer diagnosis and as a way to honor my father-in-law, who ran the race for so many years, before he passed away," said Monagle.

Every four minutes and 40 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is told that she has lung cancer. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women in America. Early detection and treatment of lung cancer translates to higher survival rates. Unfortunately, most lung cancer cases are not diagnosed until later stages when treatment is less likely to be curative. That is why the American Lung Association is raising awareness with a campaign called Saved By The Scan. To learn more visit

Attracting avid runners across the country, many people also choose to run as lung health advocates or in honor of loved ones lost to lung disease. The Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay and 5K benefits the mission of the American Lung Association in Delaware: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

"Year after year, we are thrilled to see the streets of Wilmington packed with dedicated runners and volunteers, who have become part of our American Lung Association family throughout the years, at the annual Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay and 5K," said Deb Brown, Chief Mission Officer, American Lung Association. "Each runner can challenge their lungs in this exhilarating course, while benefiting more than 35 million Americans, including more than 123,000 Delawareans, who live with lung disease."

The American Lung Association in Delaware is honored to have Sen. Tom Carper, a champion for healthy air and lung health research supporter, joining us again as the honorary chair of the race. The Senator has run 36 races so far, including one on a broken foot!

"I am honored to participate in this renowned and historic Delaware race that stands as the oldest half marathon in the country," said Sen. Carper. "I can recall a time when the air was so bad in some places around this country it was difficult to breathe, and for people to go out for a run, they were hurting their lungs, not helping them. Over the years that has changed, due to the work of the American Lung Association and people who participate and volunteer in this great historic race."

Helping Sen. Carper kick off the event is Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, who has also joined us in the past. "On behalf of the city of Wilmington, it's so exciting to represent this great city at this great event," said Mayor Purzycki. "By participating in the Caesar Rodney, people from all across the U.S. come to Wilmington to help the American Lung Association raise funds and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by lung disease."

This annual running tradition in Delaware has grown over the past 5 plus decades from a race with 45 participants to an event that hosts nearly 1500 participants and volunteers from across the country. Touted as the nation's oldest continuously running half marathon, the race takes runners on a notoriously hilly course that winds through the most beautiful and scenic areas in Wilmington.  

Runners are required to pay an $85 registration fee for the half marathon, $35 for the 5K, and $130 for the two-person relay; and are encouraged to fundraise in support of the Lung Association in Delaware by creating their very own fundraising page online. All runners are invited to attend the after party, hosted by Earnest & Scott Taproom from 10:30 a.m.  – 3 p.m. Ernest and Scott will be donating 10 percent of proceeds back to the Lung Association. Visit to learn more.

A special thank you to sponsors:

93.7 WSTW
WDEL - Delaware Broadcasting Company
Highmark Delaware
AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware
Christiana Care Health Systems
Renewal by Andersen
Dr. Anthony Vasile, DO
Harvest Market
Earnest & Scott Taproom
Colonial Parking
Lenny Rogers Photography
Limestone BBQ
Twin Lakes

For more information and race details, visit . For media interested in covering the event, please contact the American Lung Association Eastern Division Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-503-3903 (cell).

* LUNG FORCE, nationally presented by CVS, is a national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite everyone against lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S. Learn more at


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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