Hudson -- We run for many reasons.
We run for competition.
We run to stay in shape.
We run to relieve stress.
And sometimes we run to show support for others.
The Hudson High School cross country team decided to do a community service project this summer and from that desire came the Caplin Run for Cancer 2K and 5K Aug. 6.
"We got together a month ago and decided we wanted to do something for community service," said Bill Gawne, who is both a parent of two current runners on the Explorers team and coaching young runners in the Hudson community.
"Last year we did a run for our own team's benefit," said senior Sarah Wolanske. "This year, we didn't need the money for the team, but we thought we could do it for a charity. We thought cancer research was the best one."
The race was named for Hudson head boys cross country coach Dave Caplin, who has been at Hudson for six years.
Caplin welcomed the idea of a race in his name.
"It made him real happy... he said he was honored," senior Kyle Mau said. "We thought we could do something to help him out a bit."
Caplin in fact was more than happy.
"Flattered beyond words," Caplin said.
Caplin was diagnosed with Liposarcoma, which is cancer of the fat call. Caplin said it is a rare and aggressive disease. Normally, people live 3 to 5 years with the disease. Despite those numbers, Caplin is still alive even though he was diagnosed in 2001.
"I'm going on 13 years, but it's with a lot of help," Caplin said.
He has received treatment at both University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic, following his primary physician, Dr. Julian Kim, who is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the UH Seidman Cancer Center.
Kim has operated on Caplin 12 times, along with multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy.
"I wouldn't be here today without Kim and his staff," Caplin said. "When you are a cancer patient, it's frightening … but they are patient-friendly."
He complimented University Hospital for its unique, "warm, amazing environment." The hospital has artwork, bright colors for walls, wood paneling, which he described as a big contrast to the classic sterile look at many hospitals.
Amazing also described the group of teenagers Caplin coaches and community that came out to support the cause.
"It shows you people genuinely care," he said. "When the chips are down, you find out who your friends are. It goes beyond platitudes. It says a lot about this town."
The race raised around $3,100, which will go to the UH Seidman Cancer Center for research.
Overall winner was Hudson alumnus Brandon White, who ran 16:30, followed by Twinsburg junior Ashwin Mishra at 18:15 and Hudson Hub-Times Editor Andrew Adam was third at 18:50. The female winner was Stacy Gaynor. A total of 184 runners participated.