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2023 Champion Run for Research Takes to the Streets to Support Wistar Trainees

November 21, 2023

A group of more than 35 Wistar trainees, researchers, staff, and family members donned their sneakers, stretched their hamstrings, and took to the sidewalks of University City on November 13 to participate in the annual Wistar Run for Research. Wistar’s Education and Training team was on hand with donuts, coffee, and water to keep everyone adequately fueled for the trek. 

Beginning at The Wistar Institute on 36th and Spruce St, participants in the two-mile fun run/walk snaked their way down Spruce St., across the South St. Bridge, and along the banks of the Schuylkill toward the finish line at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Culminating at the foot of the iconic Rocky statue adjacent to the museum, participants gathered around the symbol of Philly’s grit and raised their arms in triumph. Several finishers even performed the traditional run up the art museum steps, emulating Sylvester Stallone’s famous scene from the 1976 movie. 

“We’re really excited by the turnout and the amount we were able to raise,” said Brennah Britten, co-president of the Wistar Trainee Association and a participant in the walk. “This is a great way for us to showcase the work that we do and help raise funds for the association at the same time.”

The event raised more than $5,000, eclipsing the trainee association’s goal by $1,000 and setting a new fundraising milestone for the annual event. Funds raised go toward training, education, and the development of our next generation of biomedical researchers.

Thank you to all that participated!