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Friesen 5K Set for September 9th

by Paul Branecky / Carolina Hurricanes
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*Note - Registration will be open the morning before the run starting at 7:30

In what is becoming the traditional way to kick off the new hockey season, Hurricanes Head Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Pete Friesen will hold his Friesen's 5K Fun Run on Sunday, September 9th.

Last year's inaugural run was a huge success as over 2,000 people, including Hurricanes players and coaches, participated in the event, which raised over $21,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern North Carolina.

"We were only expecting about 500 people, so last year's event was beyond our wildest dreams," said Friesen.  "We were just trying to celebrate the Stanley Cup and show our fans some appreciation for all they did, and they turned around and showed us a lot.”

The run will begin at 9 a.m. at the RBC Center, loop around the building, then continue on Trinity and Blue Ridge Roads before returning to the RBC Center. Fans wishing to run or walk only the first mile can exit before Trinity Rd.  Please see the registration brochure for a full schedule of events and other details.

The event first began after the 2005-06 season when Friesen used his own personal day with the Stanley Cup to benefit the LLS.  He first became aware of the organization through Hurricanes Head Coach Peter Laviolette's "Relentless" campaign, which Laviolette created to help his young neighbor, Julia Rowe, who is still affected by leukemia.

"As that year's playoffs went on, we got to know [Julia] a little bit better, and when I was thinking to have a cause, what better cause than what coach brought to our attention during that playoff run.”

In addition to Friesen, also scheduled to run this year are Laviolette and several Hurricanes players, including Rod Brind'Amour, Glen Wesley and Cory Stillman.  Fans will be allowed to run alongside and interact with the Hurricanes, but autographs will not be available due to a limited time schedule.

“All my players support me 100 percent," said Friesen.  "This year I’ve got even more players coming out.  The Hurricanes’ staff and the RBC Center supported me so well last year, and they’re doing it again this year.  

"It’s a nice sense of accomplishment and purpose that it’s not only just hockey, but it’s more far-reaching," he said.  "People want to do good for other people, and I think that’s what this is all about.”

In addition to the numerous drawings in which fans can win Hurricanes autographed items, new to this year's event is the 100-Yard Kid's Caniac Dash in which kids seven and younger can participate in their own run.  Registration for the event is $20 ($25 after September 1st) for the main run and $5 for the kid's race.

Although benefiting the LLS is undoubtedly the main goal of the event, Friesen says he also enjoys the event for another reason.

“It’s a great way to get the players out on a Sunday morning for a 5K run," said Friesen.  "How else are you going to do that?”

For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit or call (919) 677-3993.

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*Note - Registration will be open the morning before the run starting at 7:30
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