Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts annual Pineapple Classic 5k

The Flying Platypuses, from left, Matthew Marsh, Gray Addonzio, Tomas Consuegra, Kai Lammers and Matial Carballo are just one of the teams that have been part of prior Pineapple Classics.

The Flying Platypuses, from left, Matthew Marsh, Gray Addonzio, Tomas Consuegra, Kai Lammers and Matial Carballo are just one of the teams that have been part of prior Pineapple Classics.

On Saturday, May 17, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will host the fourth annual Pineapple Classic 5k with obstacles at the Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich.

The Pineapple Classic is a fun, Hawaiian-themed 5k run with obstacles scattered throughout the course. 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 $200,000 during this fun filled day. Post-race, there is a luau complete with a beer garden, food and entertainment. Various vendors will be on site to share samples with participants and spectators. Clowns, face painters and a kids area will keep the younger ones entertained.

The day will celebrate the memory of Kyle Markes, the Chapter’s honored hero. Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia in the fall of 2012, and lost his battle on December 24, 2013. He was a beloved fifth grader at New Canaan Country School who loved sports, music and dancing. In 2013, Kyle and his family put together the team Kyle’s Corner for LLS’ Pineapple Classic.

They had more than 150 participants on their team, and raised over $16,000. This year, Kyle’s mom Jackque has banded the team together once again to honor and remember her son.

New to the event this year is Stamford’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Participants will enjoy their famous pulled pork, coleslaw and potato salad. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is nationally acclaimed, with the honor as Good Morning America’s Number One BBQ on

Also new to the day’s lineup is local band Doghouse. Made up of a CFO, an oncologist, a college professor, a hedge fund COO, a former member of Joe Cocker’s band, and a triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist, they’re an eclectic group sure to entertain with their musical range and catchy songs.

Last but not least, the day would not be complete without pineapples. Each team is given a pineapple, courtesy of Whole Foods Market in Greenwich, to navigate the obstacle course with.

Anyone eight years of age or older is welcome participate in the event. Runners can register on-line or in person at the event.

For more information, call 203-665-1400, and to register, visit Pineappleclassic5k.org/ct.

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