Featured Event: Team CUREage 5K this Sunday!

February 01, 2021 12:01 AM | Melissa Seuster

By Melissa Seuster

Taylor Fenton (left) with Emily Boland.

Meet the next generation of race directors! Taylor Fenton and Emily Boland, a sophomore & freshman on the Ardrey Kell cross country team, are planning their first 5K Fundraiser to benefit the Charlotte chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The event will take place on Sunday, February 7, on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway (South Blvd/485 entrance behind Carolina Pavilion). There will be a rolling start between 10 am - noon and masks are required pre- and post-race due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There is no cost to participate but we hope you will make a donation to Team CUREage, the name of the team Taylor formed along with fellow AK classmates Kylie Brewster and Katelyn McAfee. Together, the girls plan to raise $150,000 in seven weeks!

The idea grew from the girls’ mutual desire to give back to the community and find a cure for cancer, which has impacted so many families. Taylor’s mom had been involved in a friend’s campaign for LLS’s Woman of the Year, so the girls had attended its kick-off event. They got excited about a similar “Student of the Year” contest, which includes scholarship money, and they decided to go for it. While $150,000 is a lofty goal, Taylor wants to make a big impact. “If we win, I guess we’ll split the scholarship money up, but that’s not why we’re doing it,” she says, noting that she does not even know the amount of the prize.

While it was Taylor, Kylie and Katelyn who started Team CUREage, Emily joined their efforts when Taylor recruited her to help with the 5K. Both girls started running with Girls On The Run, then again in middle school with Fit180, and now at Ardrey Kell.

“I have never done anything like this before and I thought it would

be a good thing to get involved in the community,” said Emily.  I learned so much about blood cancer and how many people it affects,”

When asked what running means to them, Emily said “I love getting to know people and socializing at races.” She added, “When I run after school, I can manage my schoolwork better. Especially during COVID, it’s a way to be social in a safe outdoor environment.”

And what does she think about during her runs? “I think about food … especially ice cream!”

Taylor agreed on the importance of her running community now during the quarantine. “It’s so important … now more than ever… to get out of the house.”  Both girls have been doing virtual school since last March. While school is still online, they are allowed to meet for in-person cross country practice at 3:30 every day.

In addition to the 5K, Team CUREage is selling mailbox ribbons, donuts, jewelry and teddy bears to be given to patients at Charlotte’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

There are several ways to support the girls’ efforts:

            1. Come out to the race on Feb 7

            2. Purchase a ribbon or a teddy bear, available at the Feb 7 event

            3. Donate to Team CUREage HERE.

            4. Follow them on Instagram @teamCUREage or FB Team CUREage


                        Team CUREage members: Emily Boland, Morgan Boonshaft, & Josie Smith


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