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Debbie Green Memorial 5k just days away

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 06:34 PM EDT
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. - The 17th annual Debbie Green 5K Run and Walk for Leukemia is this weekend in Wheeling, but the preparations have long been underway.
The race is named after director Ron Green's sister, Debbie, who passed away at age 7 from leukemia, and it benefits children who are suffering from cancer in the Ohio Valley. Green says they started the preparations two weeks after last year's race, getting small things organized and some new ideas flowing.
"And once springtime comes, we're all ready to go with all of our advertisers and we're ready for full speed ahead," Green said.
On Thursday, crews began setting tents, tables, and chairs up at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling. Green says their biggest job this week is registration and dealing with a lot of last minute sign-ups. For the whole weekend, they're they are expecting close to 2,000 people for all three events - the Green Mile, the 5K, and Debbie's Dash -- and around 1,300 for the 5K alone.
Green said he likes holding the race the evening because it turns it into a social event instead of just a race.
"Sometimes it can be pretty hot, but the way I have always looked at it is running or walking in this hot weather for what these kids go through is very minimal," Green said.
Dozens of kids struggling with cancer have benefitted from the race. Organizers have handed out more than $10,000 in Debbie's name.
The Green Mile is set for Friday and the 5K is Saturday. If you haven't registered for it yet, there's still some time left.

Debbie Green Memorial 5k just days away

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