About Patrick Downey 5K

The Patrick Downey 5K is a road race that comes from a promise.  The promise was from a sister to a brother who was sick with an awful disease - esophageal cancer, otherwise known as "The Beast".  

I am the sister.  And I am also a runner.  When my older brother Patrick became sick with this awful disease I felt helpless and wanted to do anything to help.  In September, 2007, about 9 months after Patrick's diagnosis, I was preparing to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to benefit breast cancer research.  Patrick told me that he was supportive of my fundraising efforts, but he was frustrated that there was so much awareness of breast cancer but not much for esophageal cancer.  I promised him that I would help to raise awareness about this disease and maybe, one day, there would be a "Patrick Downey 5K".  

Patrick lost his courageous battle on October 20, 2007.

The Patrick Downey 5K became an annual event on Mother's Day starting in 2011.

Patrick was a unique individual with his own sense of personal style.  During high school, he would refuse to wear pants that weren't navy blue or black.  Once he went to college and began to further explore his artistic side his style morphed into somewhat of a uniform:  jeans, t-shirts, flannel shirts and Chuck Taylors.  I would encourage anyone running the Patrick Downey 5K to embrace his style, and, as a tribute to him, wear flannel.  A columnist for Runner's World magazine has written about running in Chuck Taylors so feel free to wear them if you want! 


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