Willie Stargell 5K Road Race scheduled for Saturday

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Hundreds of runners will race around downtown Mayfaire on Saturday, May 7 for the third annual Willie Stargell 5K Road Race and Walk. The event raises funds to help people living with kidney disease.

The event begins with a timed 1-mile run/walk at 7:45 a.m., followed by the 5k run at 8 a.m. All finishers will receive a Willie Stargell #8 baseball cap and finisher medal.

The race continues the Willie Stargell Foundation’s mission to honor the legacy of Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates, helping those struggling with the same illness that claimed his life. Funds raised are used for research, patient care and treatment. The foundation’s biggest fundraiser will be November 4-6. This will be the 20th year for the event hosted at Landfall Country Club.

Stargell was a star player for the Pittsburgh Pirates for over 20 years. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Stargell, who was married to Wilmington native Margaret Weller-Stargell, died of kidney disease in 2001.

The Stargell 5K is sponsored by DFS Agency. If you would like to register for Saturday’s race, click here.

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