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Monica Jensen race will be in Hudson on June 5

Make plans to be part of the fourth annual Monica (Walz) Jensen 5K walk/run and 10K run on June 5.

Did you know that melanoma cancer affects approximately 4 percent of the nearly 79 percent of all skin cancer deaths? There will be about 56,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed this year alone.

Jensen, a New Richmond native, is part of these statistics. Because of her story, a non-profit foundation has been developed in her honor to help find a cure for melanoma. Jensen lost her battle on April 12, 2007 to this disease.

The Monica Jensen Foundation will host the fourth annual event. The event will be held at the Lakefront Park in Hudson. Race day registration will begin at 6:50 a.m. There is a shuttle service for everyone to the start of the race at Hudson High School. The course is a scenic run through Hudson.

Early registration is encouraged and with your entry fee. You will receive a T-shirt and free lunch provided by Jimmy John's. The foundation gives a portion of race proceeds to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. to help find a cure for melanoma as well as find ways to help educate the community about the disease. There are two scholarships available in the amount of $1,000. The scholarships will be awarded to one New Richmond track or cross country athlete and one Hudson track or cross country athlete.

Jensen was an avid runner. She loved the sport and through this race her friends and family are able to continue to carry on her legacy. She and her twin sister, Missy, were standout athletes at New Richmond High School. They both competed at the WIAA State Track meet several times.

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