Cancer survivor among early entrants to Monument 10K

By Matt Lincoln - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the largest road races in the world, is expected to be even larger in 2011.  The Ukrop's Monument Ave 10K, presented by Martin's all ready has double the entrants than it did at this time last year.

Almost 13,000 people have all ready signed up for the April 2 race.  Sports Backers is expecting the number to reach 40,000, which would put the 10k close to the top 20 largest road races in the world.

Among those participating in the race will be 35-year-old Kevin Pannell.  Life for the former hospital corpsman and petty officer was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer last April.  Pannell had run in the race prior to becoming sick, and one of his goals was to fight the disease and then race this year.

Mission number one was accomplished, and now he's training for mission number two.  Pannell will run with his sister, Denise Bird, and the pair are fundraising to raise money for the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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