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Registration Open with Early Bird Pricing for the Kosten Foundation Kick It 5K Benefitting Pancreatic Cancer Research

The fundraising event is dedicated to long-time supporter Kathryn Gilbert Craig.

Memphis, Tenn., August 11, 2023 – The Kosten Foundation announced that registration for their 13th annual Kick It 5K benefitting pancreatic cancer research and support is now open. The October 29th event is presented by Baptist Memorial Health Care and will be held at Shelby Farms Park beginning at 1 p.m. Runners, walkers, or anyone that would like to support the race can register and take advantage of early bird discounted pricing and/or donate to the cause on the event’s website at

This year, the Kick It 5K is dedicated to the memory of Kathryn Gilbert Craig, who passed away from causes unrelated to pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Kathryn Gilbert Craig was an 11-year pancreatic cancer survivor and long-time supporter of the Kosten Foundation and the Kick It 5K. She and her husband, Tommy, also led the Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Support Group for many years.

“We are thrilled to host our 13th annual Kick It 5K in memory of Kathryn Gilbert Craig on Sunday, October 29th, to kick off November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This year, we are honoring our dear friend and supporter, Kathryn Gilbert Craig. Kathryn was such a wonderful resource of knowledge and support to pancreatic cancer patients and families here in the Mid-South and across the country. It will be a fitting tribute to Kathryn to have a great event while raising funds to support pancreatic cancer research,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Kosten Foundation.

Runners or walkers can currently register with the early bird discount of $35 to participate in person or virtually for the Kick It 5K. All proceeds from the event go towards funding pancreatic cancer research. The Kick It 5K is the Kosten Foundation’s largest fundraising event, and at its largest, the race has included more than 2,500 participants. Last year’s race raised $150,000 that went towards funding three research teams dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Memphis radio legend Ron Olson will emcee the Kick It 5K again this year, continuing his long-standing support of the event. Participants can look forward to live music, a pre-race ceremony memorializing those lost to pancreatic cancer, and honoring survivors of the disease.

The Kosten Foundation has raised and donated more than $2.5 million to pancreatic cancer research programs. The Foundation hosts a free monthly support group meeting for pancreatic cancer patients, survivors, and anyone else affected by the disease. Those interested in learning more about the Kosten Foundation’s mission or sponsoring the Kick It 5K can find more information on their website at


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Kosten Foundation Supporters Take Off from the Starting Line at the Kick It 5K.

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Kosten Foundation and UTHSC Invite the Public to Learn About Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Research at Purple Night Saturday, October 6

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