The annual Charles Harris Run for Leukemia, which benefits leukemia research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is scheduled for Saturday, February 25. The 10K run kicks off at 7:45 am at Tucker High School; the one-mile run/walk starts at Druid Hills Middle School.
The run honors the late Dr. Charles E. Harris — former teacher, coach and beloved principal of Shamrock High School. Dr. Harris passed away more than three decades ago from leukemia at the age of 49. Dr. Harris was an un-sung All-American football player at the University of Georgia and a Marine who volunteered for the Korean War. Playing on the Camp Pendleton football team, Pete Rozelle, father of the modern day NFL, attempted to draft Dr. Harris to the Los Angeles Rams football team before he graduated from UGA. He played one year with the New York Titans (now Jets) and made it to the last cut with the Cleveland Browns during the Jim Brown and Coach Paul Brown era. An avid runner, Dr. Harris ran in the inaugural Peachtree Road Race. He left behind a wife and three children.
Dr. Harris’ children, led by son Chuck Harris, began the Charles Harris Run for Leukemia 32 years ago this year, and they have dedicated all race proceeds to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. In celebration of this special 32nd anniversary, please consider joining us this year as a walker, runner or race day volunteer.
If you would like register for the race please follow the registration link at www.charlesharrisrun.com.
Volunteers are also needed during the race to hand out t-shirts, pass out water at various water stations, cover intersecting points, help out in the finish shoot and help with bag check. Please go to http://charlesharrisrun.com/contactus.html to register to volunteer. All volunteers should report to Shamrock Middle School between 6:15 and 6:30 am. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, philanthropic points and the opportunity to watch world class runners compete!
Directions to Shamrock Middle School from Emory University:
- Head Southeast on OXFORD RD NE toward N. Decatur Rd.
- Stay on N. DECATUR RD for 2.1 miles
- Turn left on SCOTT BLVD (also called US29, US-78 E, and GA-8) Follow US-29 for 2.1 miles.
- Turn left on HARCOURT DR.
- HARCOURT dead ends on MT. OLIVE DR. – turn right
- SHAMROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL is on the left.
If you have questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact Melissa Harris at (770) 495-8557 or email Melissa_h@bellsouth.net.