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Fight Pancreatic Cancer at the 12th Annual Kick It 5K Benefiting the Kosten Foundation at Shelby Farms Park on October 30, 2022

Participants can register to join in person or virtually to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Memphis, Tenn., Oct 6, 2022 – The 12th Annual Kick It 5K will take place Sunday, October 30 at Shelby Farms Park at 1 p.m. The all-ages event includes a 5K run/walk, 1-mile fun walk, opportunities for spirit/virtual runners, an inspirational memorial and survivor ceremony, entertainment, and vendors. Proceeds from the event are used to fund pancreatic cancer research and pancreatic cancer support group operations in Memphis. Participants may register online at

“The Kick It 5K isn’t just our largest fundraiser, it’s also a time for us to honor those we’ve lost, celebrate our pancreatic cancer survivors, and enjoy a fun afternoon outside with friends and family,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Kosten Foundation. “We extend our deepest thanks to all of our supporters who volunteer to make the Kick It 5K a great event as well as those who participate to help raise money for pancreatic cancer research and support.”

The 12th annual Kick It 5K is presented by Baptist Memorial Health Care and will be hosted October 30 in Shelby Farms Park. The Kosten Foundation’s last in-person 5K featured more than 550 participants and raised over $150,000 for pancreatic cancer research. This year’s event is an in-person or virtual race so runners, or walkers, can compete from wherever they are.

Participants can create their own teams to participate in the run or walk while fundraising together as a team. Special prizes will be awarded to the three largest teams, the three teams with the most funds raised, and the top individual fundraisers. Participants will enjoy live music, food trucks, local vendors, a pre-race ceremony honoring pancreatic cancer survivors as well as honoring those we have lost, free snack packs, and much more. Rabbi Micah Greenstein will oversee the survivor and memorial ceremony as he has for many years while Memphis radio legend Ron Olson will serve as emcee for the 5K as he has for many years.

Since 2003, the Kosten Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to pancreatic cancer research. The Foundation’s latest round of research grants helped fund research teams in Memphis, Dallas, and Harlingen, Texas. In addition to its research efforts, the Kosten Foundation hosts the only free, in-person and virtual pancreatic cancer support group in the Mid-South. For more information about the Kosten Foundation and their mission, you can go to their website at


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

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The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has donated more than $2.5 million for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer. The Kosten Foundation hosts an annual Kick It 5K has grown to include more than 2,500 participants. Money raised from the 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research. For more information about the Kosten Foundation, its programs, and events, visit the website at


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