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Lee Hosts Annual 65 Roses 5K
Merritt Jenkins - 3/18/2022

Lee Hosts Annual 65 Roses 5K


Next weekend, Lee University will host the 2022 65 Roses 5K as part of the Great Strides event held to raise funds for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). The race, along with the Great Strides Walk, will take place Saturday morning, March 26, and all proceeds will go to benefit the CF Foundation.


"We are thrilled to put on a full event this year," said Dr. Bill Estes, dean of Lee University's Helen DeVos College of Education and race director. "The Great Strides Walk and 65 Roses 5K always seem to kick off the spring running season, and we are excited to welcome the community back to the Lee campus."


The event will follow the regular 65 Roses 5K route through downtown Cleveland, and all are welcome to run or walk the 5K or 1K Fun Run. All runners will receive a special edition coffee mug this year, and hats, socks, and shirts from previous years will be available at the finish line as extra SWAG for all finishers. Chip timing will once again be provided by Terra Running Company.


The race cost is $20. Event day registration will begin at 7 a.m., but runners are encouraged to register early at  The 5K race/walk begins at 9, and the 1K Fun Run will take place at 9:30. Race winners will be announced at 9:45 a.m. and appear online via Lee's 65 Roses website.


"Great Strides has been a profoundly meaningful partnership among the foundation, our community, and the university for the past 21 years," said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development and Great Strides co-chair. "Our campus family looks forward to hosting those with cystic fibrosis, their families, and many others who support our cause for this year's event."


Chick-fil-A will once again serve as Community Champion for the 5K and Great Strides Walk. Other premier sponsors include Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory, Beaty Fabricating, Inc., Caldwell Paving & Grading, Paul and Darlia Conn, Crawford's Pharmacy, Don Ledford Automotive Center, Easy Auto, Garden Plaza/Life Care Center of Cleveland, GEICO Chattanooga, Keller Williams Cleveland, Legacy Senior Living, and TriCon, Inc.


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately find a cure. In the last 30 years, the life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled, and research is happening daily to find a cure and develop drugs available to those living with CF.


For more information about the CF Foundation, visit


For more information or to register for the 65 Roses 5K race, visit

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