Registration for the event is a suggested minimum of $40 per person, which includes the walk/run, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the March. Advance registration is not required; walk-ups are welcome and encouraged. Please note: only cash and checks will be accepted at the event, but credit cards are accepted in advance through the website. Checks should be made payable to No Stomach For Cancer, Inc.
Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and the March begins at 9 a.m.
The basic course is the 12-turn, 2-52-mile Sonoma Raceway road course. For those looking for more of challenge, 5K and 10K race distances will be also marked with timers. A shorter, less hilly course will be available for those who do not wish to complete the full 2.52-mile circuit. Click Here to preview the course layouts.
Who can come?
This is an all-inclusive event - children, pets, everyone is welcome. The raceway’s Wine Country Winner's Circle will also be available for pictures before and after the march. No scooters or skateboards are allowed on track.
Participants are also encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones affected by gastric cancer to share on the Memory Wall, which will honor those affected by the disease.
Need a place to stay close to the track for John’s March? The Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn will offer a discounted rate for March participants and is located less than 15 minutes from the track. Click Here for details.
Where does the money go?
All proceeds benefit No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase awareness and education about stomach cancer, provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment and prevention of stomach cancer. You can find more information at www.nostomachforcancer.org.
For more information about John’s March, contact Diana Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-933-3918.
John Cardinale, a native of San Francisco, joined then-Sears Point Raceway in 1998 and quickly established himself as one of the most respected representatives within the motorsports industry. He was promoted to Vice President of Media and Community Relations in 2003 and was well known for creative and quirky media stunts, including driver ride-alongs with the California Highway Patrol and driving race cars across the Golden Gate Bridge. Cardinale also bolstered the raceway’s community profile through community events, including food drives, blood drives and holiday parties for families in need. He also served as Vice President of Communications & Marketing from 2007-2012.
Cardinale was frequently recognized for his efforts, including being named NASCAR Track PR Representative of the Year in 2009, and receiving the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Spirit Award in 2013.
Prior to joining Sonoma Raceway, Cardinale worked for 10 years as a sports reporter and editor, including five years at Contra Costa Newspapers, a prominent daily newspaper group in the East Bay. Cardinale was a graduate of San Francisco State University.
Cardinale was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric in March 2011 and passed away on March 20, 2013, at the age of 47. He is survived by Andrea, his wife of 18 years, and two young daughters.
Where: Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA 95476 When: Saturday, Jan. 16, Registration: 7:30 a.m.; Welcoming remarks and Walk: 9 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE! Cost: Suggested minimum of $40 per person (includes the walk/run, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the March)
Sonoma Raceway will utilize its 12-turn road course to continue the fight against stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, at the 5th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The event is named in honor of the raceway’s longtime spokesman John Cardinale, who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with the disease, becoming one of nearly 723,000 people who will die from stomach cancer in the world this year.
John’s March offers a unique chance to raise funds for No Stomach For Cancer, a global advocate for stomach cancer awareness, early detection, treatment and prevention (www.nostomachforcancer.org), and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 2.52-mile road course. John’s March has raised more than $55,000 over the past four years and is the only major fundraiser for gastric cancer on the West Coast.
Join us as we raise money for No Stomach For Cancer by creating your own fundraising page/group (click “Register” above) or, if you can’t join us, support your loved ones donating to their efforts (click “Donate to a Team” above).