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Published on April 08, 2013

Jay Dix Challenge to Cure race to benefit research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

COLUMBIA, Mo. ─ The Columbia Multisport Club will host the 11th annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure race at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, starting at Fourth and Cherry streets in Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia. Proceeds from the event benefit local cancer research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

With a 5K walk or run and a 10K run, the Challenge to Cure race is a family-friendly event for anyone from children to competitive runners. The race includes a supervised kids' area with games and activities, and a post-race buffet. Race participants are timed and receive an athletic T-shirt. 

During the past 10 years, the race has raised more than $159,000 for local cancer research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The race was established in memory of Jay Dix, M.D., a University of Missouri Health Care pathologist who fought his own battle with cancer. Dix served as the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway counties and was involved in several medical and research organizations. He also enjoyed competing as a triathlete.

The event is organized annually by the Columbia Multisport Club, a local organization developed to encourage participation in road races, cycling races, triathlons and healthy lifestyles.

Registration for the race costs $35. For more information or to register for the event, please visit