In December, 2007, Pete Van Hamersveld was told on his 50th birthday
that he had colon cancer. It had been discovered during a routine colonoscopy, and the resulting
surgery revealed that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Van Hamersveld had Stage 3C colon cancer, which is one level before a terminal diagnosis. That was in January 2008, and following more than a year’s worth of chemotherapy,
radiation, and a second surgery, he decided to take on a regimen of physical conditioning that included
running—thus entering a race to save his life literally and figuratively.