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Dash for Dad to fight cancer

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the first local Dash for Dad run to combat prostate cancer this Memorial Day.

Competitors will include cancer survivors, their friends and family, the public and three teams from Urology Associates of Rochester, which is hosting the race to raise money for prostate cancer awareness. Proceeds will benefit Lipson Cancer Center and ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. This year alone, more than 250,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 27,000 will die.

Rochester is one of 27 communities across the country to host a Dash for Dad race as part of the national Great Prostate Cancer Challenge run/walk events. Local sponsors include Fleet Street Sports, the Rochester Americans, Rochester General Health System, the Rochester Knighthawks and the Rochester Red Wings.

Dash for Dad in Rochester, a 5K race/1 mile walk, will take place rain or shine at 8 a.m. May 30, at Frontier Field. An entrance fee is required: $20 for the 5K run (through May 29; $25 the day of the race) and $10 for the 1 mile walk. The registration fee will be waived for those raising at least $50 in donation pledges.

The deadline to register online is May 27. People can also register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up, people can visit www.DashforDad.com/races.

At the race, UAR will be showcasing the da Vinci robot, which offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical removal of the prostate gland. For more information, visit www.UARochester.com.