Pineapple Classic hopes to raise $140K

Erica Zaky, at center, is flanked on the left by Peter Bryniczk and on the right by Chris Harris and Sarah Christensen, both of whom are from Greenwich, at last year’s event.

Erica Zaky, at center, is flanked on the left by Peter Bryniczk and on the right by Chris Harris and Sarah Christensen, both of whom are from Greenwich, at last year’s event.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has invited the community to “Have Fun. Get Dirty. Beat Cancer.”

On Saturday, May 18, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host the third annual Pineapple Classic at the Greenwich Polo Club. Currently, more than 300 participants are registered and the LLS hopes to have 900 by event day.

The Pineapple Classic is a 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 Creative Catering, Darien Social, Fox 95.9, HonestTea, ING, Longford’s Ice Cream, Noelani Coconut water, Ola! Granola, Robeks, Sneaky Pete’s and Stamford Sports and Spine.

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 more than $140,000 during at this year’s event.

“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.”

Ms. Mariani also said that the event could not be possible without it’s sponsors — WebMD Health Foundation, Smilow Cancer Hospital — Greenwich Campus, Davenport Contracting, Serendipity Magazine, The Daily Voice, 95.9 the Fox, Star 99.9 and WSHU.

Anyone eight-years-old and up 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.

Teams are grouped based on whether they plan to walk or run, and teams that plan to compete to win are categorized as 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 6. 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 Pineappleclassic5k.org/ct or call 203-665-1400.

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