Truist Park, home of the world champion Atlanta Braves, will host the fourth annual SagerStrong Foundation Stadium Fun Run, raising funds for blood cancer research while honoring respected sportscasting veteran Craig Sager, whose life was cut short by acute myeloid leukemia.
The 3K race – which will also include a Kids Dash – is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. Race participants will have what amounts to a running (or walking) tour of the stadium, ending with a special feature.
“You go all the way to the top, then down the halls on each level, then you end up on the warning trail,” said Sager’s widow, Stacy Sager, who is president and CEO of the SagerStrong Foundation. . “And the World Series trophy will be at home plate, so everyone can take pictures with it. We are super excited to have this trophy there.
In addition to the race, participants and their families can visit a staggered party at Tent Town, which will be located outside the left field gate and will serve as an interactive vendor and game area.
Last year’s event – which took place after a virtual race the year before – drew around 450 people and Stacy Sager is confident this year’s race will produce a bigger turnout.
“We had about 400 to 500 attendees last year,” she said. “This year we would like to triple that, from 1,000 to 1,500… We hope everyone comes out like they do the Peachtree Road Race – full force.”
Craig Sager, who died in 2016 at the age of 65, spent nearly four decades in the public eye as one of the NBA’s most notable (and best-dressed) commentators. His widow said the foundation has raised more than $2 million for cancer research and awareness, including funding two clinical trials at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where Sager was treated.
“Craig said to me, ‘Do whatever it takes so that no other person or family member has to feel this pain and suffering,'” Stacy Sager said. save a life in the future.”
In addition to receiving a t-shirt, race participants receive a ticket to the Braves’ game against the New York Mets on Sunday, October 2 for $49; attendees can also purchase additional tickets to the game (and there will also be a pre-game SagerStrong parade at the warning track). The fee for the race without the Braves ticket is $35 and the fee for the Kids Dash is $10. It is also possible to participate virtually.
“You’re coming out and supporting an amazing cause for blood cancer research,” said Stacy Sager. “You are doing something good with your family and friends. You go out and enjoy life. It’s a good feeling to give back and do something good for yourself at the same time.
According to a statement from the SagerStrong Foundation, the event will follow the Atlanta Braves’ COVID guidelines.
Stacy Sager said using Truist Field for this unusual race brought together two of her late husband’s passions.
“For me, the whole motivation was, ‘Let’s combine Craig’s first love, his love of baseball and his love of racing,'” Stacy Sager said. “So we wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before and not do it all over the city, but do it within the confines of the stadium itself. How cool, especially to end up on the warning trail. It’s an amazing feeling and a neat experience.”
For more information, visit sagerstrongfoundation.org/sagerstrong-stadium-fun-run.