Genworth Employees Complete Hood To Coast Relay
RALEIGH, N.C. – December 7, 2012— A 12-person team of athletes from Genworth Financial, a leading financial security company, recently completed the grueling Hood To Coast Relay which spans 199-miles through the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "Mother of all Relays," the Hood To Coast Relay begins on scenic Mt. Hood, approximately 90 miles southeast of Portland and ends on the beautiful Oregon coast, in the town of Seaside. The 2012 event consisted of more than 1,000 teams that were comprised of 12,600 runners.
The Genworth team, "Running Our Assets Off," captained by Scot Garner of Raleigh, N.C., and Greg Hendler of Midlothian, Va., has chosen to make its relay miles more meaningful by joining the American Cancer Society's Fighting Cancer to the Coast fundraising program. This dedicated team of cancer fighters is made up of: Nathan Arland, Jeffrey Feliciano and Denis Malkov of Richmond, Va.; Scott Covey, Joshua Keith and Patterson Wilhelm of Lynchburg, Va.; Gregory Hendler of Midlothian Va.; William Akers of Glen Allen, Va.; Mary Martin of Cary, N.C.; William Borter and Scot Garner of Raleigh, N.C.; and Mary O’Connell-McArdle of Stamford, Conn.
Hendler has also worked with the Brandermill, Va., community to put on his own fundraising race, Brandermill 7.4. This 7.4k neighborhood race takes place on July 4th and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. In 2012, roughly $5,000 was raised from the Brandermill race, which engaged more than 250 runners and walkers in the fight against cancer.
Genworth Financial’s "Running Our Assets Off" has supported the American Cancer Society by participating in the Hood To Coast Relay for seven consecutive years, raising more than $500,000. This year, in addition to accomplishing the event’s physical challenges, the team raised $75,000 for the Society. The American Cancer Society is the event’s charity of choice, giving athletes an opportunity to raise funds to support cancer research and provide programs for individuals diagnosed with cancer.
In 2008, the son of a "Running Our Assets Off" member started his own team, "Ravens in the Hood." Over the years, this team comprised of students from Ravenscoft School in North Raleigh, N.C., has raised an additional $165,000 for the American Cancer Society. Team captains, Claire Fuscoe and Max Haensel are pleased to work with such a passionate group of their peers, including: Emily Bedsole, William Christman, David Dameron, Charles Duncan, Meghan Jenkins, Spencer Knudsen, Rebecca Powell, Emily Ratliff, and Andrew Smith. The student athletes will receive an award from the American Cancer Society in January, 2013.
"We're very appreciative of these athletes," said Laura Potter, vice president of the American Cancer Society. "Participating in such a challenging event takes a lot of determination and dedication. To take on a fundraising challenge on top of that shows how much heart this group of individuals has. The fact that some of them are high school students makes it even more wonderful!"