The combined event will take place Feb. 22 with the race starting and ending at Freedom Park, Milton’s newest park, which opened in November. Race proceeds will benefit three different charities serving children with cancer.
“I’m excited about the Mayor’s Run,” said Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood. “While in the past it has always been a great community event … I’m extra excited now partnering up [with Jog for a Cause]. We’re going to have a much bigger turnout and hopefully raise a good amount of money for kids with cancer.”
Jog for a Cause was started by Dr. Greg Cabrera of North Point Pediatrics in Alpharetta. He is also a Milton resident who also helped start the Milton Mayor’s Run. Cabrera said he started Jog for a Cause after his friend’s daughter died of leukemia and his friend’s son was also diagnosed.
Three beneficiaries of this year’s race are The Keira Grace Foundation, The Justin Gaudineer Fund and The Olivia Graham Fund — all which help young cancer patients. A portion of proceeds will also go to the Milton Parks and Recreation Department.
Cabrera said Jog for a Cause has raised more than $250,000 over the past 10 years.
“It’s a fun race,” he said. “It’s for a good cause. It helps both the city of Milton and these [children’s charities].”
Jog for a Cause was originally held in Alpharetta but a temporary moratorium on downtown events in the city caused Cabrera to look into a new location.
The event will be a 5K race with a tot trot. The 5K will be a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race.
The route will circle Deerfield Parkway, which is a flat road. At the end of the race, awards will be given out to the top finishers.