Hurricanes trainer Pete Friesen will host his annual preseason 5K run around the RBC Center on Aug. 30. This is the fourth running of the event, which has raised more than $75,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern N.C.
For more information and a registration form, go to the Hurricanes' Web site.
Canes players and coaches have traditionally participated, and many will again this year even after what happened to Rod Brind'Amour last year. Brind'Amour tore cartilage in his knee while running the event, which kept him on the shelf during training camp and contributed to his slow start to the season.
But Friesen said many players have expressed an interest in running this year, a group that includes Ray Whitney, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen, Tim Gleason, Chad LaRose, Sergei Samsonov, Eric Staal, Scott Walker, Aaron Ward and Cam Ward as well as coaches Paul Maurice, Ron Francis and Jeff Daniels.
Former Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore, who showed up late for the 2008 running of the race, may even make another special guest appearance, Friesen said.
This year, the event will offer official timing for those interested in competing, putting the emphasis on the "run" in "fun run," but Friesen said the walkers and stroller-pushers are just as welcome as they were before.
“Working with the Hurricanes gives me a platform to do something good for the community, especially for such a worthy cause as (LLS),” Friesen said. “We get so much support from the players and the team and the fans, it’s a no-brainer put something on like this.”