ESPN and Team Up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research for the First Jimmy V ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’ Run Series

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ESPN and Team Up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research for the First Jimmy V ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’ Run Series

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In the eternal spirit of Coach Jim Valvano, ESPN has teamed up with and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to present the First Jimmy V “Don’t Ever Give Up” Run Series.  The website,, in The Life section on features a schedule of races across the country, how to register and compete in a race, donating to The V Foundation and more.

Sign-ups are now open to runners for races in California, Florida and Texas that will begin in March and will continue through April.  New races will continue to be added to the list in the weeks ahead.  The current series schedule includes:

Date Race Location
Sat, Mar 5 Shamrock 5 Miler Santa Barbara, CA
Sat, Mar 5 41st NorCal John Frank Memorial Run Redding, CA
Sat, Mar 5 Sombrero Beach Run Key West, FL
Sun, Mar 6 XTERRA Trout Creek 15K & 5K Trail Run Tampa, FL
Sat, Mar 12 15th Annual Juanna Run Palo Alto, CA
Sat, Mar 12 Leaping Leprechauns 5K & 15K McKinney, TX
Sun, Mar 13 2011 Go Green St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K & Half Marathon Los Gatos, CA
Sat, Mar 19 Run with the Dogs Destin, FL
Fri, Mar 25 Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K Run Bradenton, FL
Sat, Mar 26 26th Great Race Augora Hills, CA
Sat, Apr 16 Springer Elem Stampede 5K Rockwell, TX

For first-timers and seasoned veterans, online training plans from will be available to help runners prepare for their races.  The plans allow runners to log and track cardio and strength training workouts, map favorite training routes, track shoe mileage, connect with other athletes on community message boards, access training calculators and more.  Beginners will be able to choose one of three training plans (5K, 10K or half marathon) with intermediate plans available for a 5K and 10K.


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About The V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit


Kristie Adler

Kristie is Director of Communications. She graduated from Penn State University and is based in New York City.
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