Registration is open for the first annual Mark Samitt 5K Run on Sunday, October 29, at 9 a.m. The USATF-certified, family-friendly race will be held rain or shine and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. It will begin and end at Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township.
Proceeds from the run will benefit two of Mark Samitt’s passions — Temple Beth Or and the Melanoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit where Mr. Samitt created the melanoma awareness campaign called Mark the SPOT!
Mark Samitt was a beloved family man, devoted friend, Temple Beth Or board member, runner, and successful business professional who died at 52 in May 2015 after a long and valiant fight with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the midst of his battle, he created Mark the SPOT!, a campaign affiliated with the MRF aimed at creating awareness among the hairstylist community about spotting unusual moles or lesions during the routine styling process. The campaign urged stylists, “If you SPOT something, say something!”
“Many times melanoma is silent, you don’t feel it as it’s going through your body,” Mr. Samitt said just a few months before he died. “But it sometimes shows itself by having marks on the skin, and that’s where we have the chance of early detection. That is why this program is so impactful.”
To register or for donation/sponsorship opportunities, go to www.marksamittrun.org, call (201) 664-7422, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.