The second “Light Up the Night” 5K hosted by Rapides Cancer Center will take place on Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The race was originally scheduled for Feb. 7, but was postponed until the March date.

Light Up the Night is a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, around 200 runners competed.

“This is another way the community can come out and support a worthwhile cause, which is not only supporting cancer patients and their families, but also research that will one day lead to a cure,” said Karen Hathorn, RN MSN, Director of Oncology Services at Rapides Regional Medical Center. “All money raised by Light Up the Night will go directly to the American Cancer Society.”

The 5K run course is the same as last year, beginning at the Rapides Cancer Center, located on the campus of Rapides Regional Medical Center. The route will proceed to Lee Street, and then through the Garden District before finishing on Scott Street in front of the Rapides Health and Lifestyle Center. A water station will be included along the route.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available for runners following the race.

The entry fee is $25 if registered by 10 a.m. on March 5 and includes an event extreme-tek T-shirt. The registration fee after March 5 is $30.

Runners may pick up their race packets from noon until 6 p.m. on race day at the Rapides Cancer center, located at 605 Medical Center Drive.

“We had nothing but positive reviews last year,” said Hathorn. “The runners loved the shirt and we will have a similar shirt this year.”

Race Information

  • Race is Friday, March 21, 2014; race begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Location is Rapides Cancer Center, 605 Medical Center Drive
  • T-Shirt sizing
  • Course map


Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Race-day registrants will receive a shirt as long as the supply is available.

  • Registration form
  • 5K Early Registration: $25 if registered by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • 5K Late Registration: $30 after 10 a.m. on March 5 and until 6 P.M. on race day
  • Online Registration: (additional credit card fee applied)

Please make sure to pick up your race packet (race number/bib and shirt) from Noon – 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at the Rapides Cancer Center, located at 605 Medical Center Drive in Alexandria, LA.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Rapides Relay For Life. Please make your checks payable to: American Cancer Society. Please mail your completed entry form, waiver and payment to: The Rapides Cancer Center, 605A Medical Center Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301.

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