DERRY — A Derry woman is one of about 500 runners participating in the 10th annual Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon on Oct. 10.

Kelly Marraffa will be part of a team committed to raising money for cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The race is presented by Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. The team goal is to raise $450,000.

"The BAA Half Marathon enables Dana-Farber runners to challenge themselves while making a positive difference in the lives of adult and pediatric cancer patients worldwide," said 1976 Boston Marathon winner Jack Fultz, now a training advisor to Dana-Farber's marathon and running programs.

The 13.1-mile rolling course is an out-and-back loop that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. It will begin and end in White Stadium in Boston's Franklin Park. The event attracts a field of 6,000 runners, including world-class athletes.

The BAA Half Marathon is one of three annual events that connect the Boston Athletic Association and Dana-Farber. The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the only walk sanctioned to take place along the historic Boston Marathon route. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge includes a team of Dana-Farber runners who participate in the Boston Marathon each April.

Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the Boston Athletic Association in the Half Marathon for eight years, enabling team members to raise more than $2.2 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries.

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