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On Saturday, May 18th, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host the third annual Pineapple Classic Photo Credit: Contributed
Participants in the Pineapple Classic compete for speed and for the best costume Photo Credit: Contributed
The Pineapple Classic is a fun, Hawaiian-themed 5k run with obstacles throughout the course Photo Credit: Contributed
Anyone 8 years of age or older can participate in the third annual Pineapple Classic Photo Credit: Contributed
The third annual Pineapple Classic will be held at the Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, CT Photo Credit: Contributed
Participants in the Pineapple Classic can egister in single-gender or co-ed teams of two or more or as an individual Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, CT – April 30, 2013 – On Saturday, May 18th, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host the third annual Pineapple Classic at the Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, CT. Currently, almost 500 participants are registered. LLS hopes to have over 800 by event day.

The Pineapple Classic is a fun, Hawaiian-themed 5k run with obstacles throughout the course. After the race, a luau will be held with a beer garden, food, and entertainment. Vendors include Be The Match, Creative Catering, Darien Social, Fox 95.9, HonestTea, ING, Kapkekkap, Lesser Evil, Longford’s Ice Cream, Ola! Granola, Pepsico, Robeks, Sneaky Pete’s, Stamford Sports and Spine, and Starbucks. In addition, clowns, face painters, and a bounce house will keep the kids entertained. Participants compete for speed and for the best costume. In return, participants are asked to raise funds to help LLS advance lifesaving cancer research and patient services. LLS hopes to raise over $140,000 during this fun filled day.

Sign up today! Anyone 8 years of age or older can participate. Register in single-gender or co-ed teams of two or more or as an individual. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams in all categories.

“This event was a huge success last year raising over $120,000 for the Connecticut Chapter,” said Dina Mariani, Deputy Executive Director of the Connecticut Chapter. “We are so thrilled that it’s now an annual event and that it’s already grown so much in such a short time!” Mariani also states that the event could not be possible with it’s sponsors: WebMD Health Foundation, Smilow Cancer Hospital – Greenwich Campus, Davenport Contracting, CT Information Security, Serendipity Magazine, Greenwich Girl, The Daily Voice, 95.9 the Fox, Star 99.9, and WSHU.

Teams are grouped based on whether they plan to walk or run, and teams that plan to compete to win are categorized at Kekoa (Hawaiian for warrior). The entry fee is $55 per person ($30 for anyone 18 years old or younger). Late fees will be applied starting May 7th. Fee includes race entry, tech shirt, goody bag, and entry into the luau for food and drinks. Participants are also asked to raise a minimum of $50 to support lifesaving cancer research. To register or learn more, visit www.pineappleclassic5k.org/ct or call 203-665-1400.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS’ mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $875 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call LLS’ Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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