The American Cancer Society will host a 5K Beach Run Challenge and Cancer Walk of Support at the beach near the San Clemente Pier on May 16.

The event will help support the ACS’s lifesaving research and local services for cancer patients in Orange County. All of the proceeds will go to support the Relay for Life campaign.

“Whether you wish to run, walk or just support the event, we encourage you to become involved as a way to honor friends and family who have battled cancer and those who are their caregivers,” the organization said in its GoFundMe page for the event.

Participants can either run in the organization’s competitive 5K Beach Run Challenge or walk with family and friends along the beach trail to support American Cancer Society’s cause. For those who are unable to participate, the ACS is encouraging them to donate to the event and cheer on others.

The 5K run will loop from Linda Lane to Calafia Beach and back. The walk will loop from the pier to Calafia and back on the beach trail. Participants can just do a portion of the walk, or simply come to stand and cheer on runners and walkers.

The 5K is for adults, 18 years and older. A youth waiver with a parent’s signature will be needed for anyone under 18 who is walking or volunteering.

More information on how to participate and donate for the event can be found at

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