UNC Lineberger Primary Benefactor for the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler - Chapel Hill's Largest Running Event

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected by Endurance Magazine as their primary charity partner for the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler, Chapel Hill's largest running event. A record breaking 4000 runners are expected to take to the streets of Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 9 in support of UNC Lineberger.

UNC Lineberger is the only public comprehensive cancer center for the state and the people of North Carolina. Their mission is to reduce cancer occurrence and death through research, treatment, training and outreach.

Steve Lackey, producer of the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler and founder of Endurance Magazine says, "We think UNC Lineberger is a great fit for our event because so many of our runners identify with the University and have been touched by cancer in some way. We feel honored to be able to support this incredible resource."

"It is an honor to be chosen as a charity partner by an organization like Endurance Magazine, which shares our commitment to making North Carolina a healthier place to live," said Shelley Earp, MD, UNC Lineberger's Director.

Endurance Magazine is also pleased to continue their relationship with The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA's We Build People Campaign.  "At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with great partners to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive," said Greg Lee, Marketing Director of the Chapel Hill YMCA, "thanks to Endurance Magazine and the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler, we're able to continue to reach more people and touch more lives through our We Build People Campaign."

The course has been redesigned and improved for 2011. Featuring the best of Chapel Hill, runners will start on the UNC campus, head through downtown Chapel Hill and then weave their way through historic neighborhoods before finishing in UNC's Kenan Football Stadium.

Chapel Hill's landmark running event also includes the Fleet Feet Sports 4+ Mile Run that runs concurrently with the 10 Miler for those who prefer a shorter distance.  Both races take place on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7:30 am.

For more information or to register for the race, please visit www.tarheel10miler.comIcon indicating that a link will open an external site..

The Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler is produced by Endurance Magazine and is presented by Wachovia and Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro as well as Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Franklin Hotel, Balanced Physical Therapy and UNC School of Public Health. It is supported and endorsed by the UNC Athletic Department and General Alumni Association and benefits the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA's We Build People Campaign.

Endurance Magazine is the premier resource for active lifestyles in the Carolinas. Focused on educating, inspiring, and motivating athletes of all levels and abilities, Endurance Magazine offers compelling and immediately useful editorial and produces life-changing endurance events including the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler and Ramblin' Rose Women's Triathlon Tour. For more information go to www.endurancemag.comIcon indicating that a link will open an external site..

As one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, UNC Lineberger has brought together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to combat cancer. The Center's efforts span the spectrum from the laboratory to global practice, meaning that we work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and population levels, conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and pioneer innovative clinical trials that bring the latest discoveries to patient bedsides. For more information go to www.unclineberger.org.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA offers an outstanding variety of programs designed to encourage children to grow to their full potential by exposing them to games, arts and crafts, music, and much more. For more information go to www.chcymca.orgIcon indicating that a link will open an external site..