1965 - 1972
Debbie Green was a 7 year old girl from Benwood, WV. She was like every other little girl... she loved going to school, cheerleading, and playing with her friends. Debbie was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed life to the fullest. In 1970, Debbie was diagnosed with leukemia. For two long years, she battled the disease with courage and determination.
On February 10, 1972, friends from all over the Ohio Valley put on a benefit show for her, calling it "Debbie Green Day", helping her during her difficult time. That day meant so much to Debbie and her family, but in less than 2 months, on April 4, 1972, Debbie lost her courageous battle with leukemia. Now, from tragedy comes triumph, and from sadness comes hope. Debbie's memory lives on with this wonderful event which benefits local children who also suffer from leukemia and need our love and support, just like Debbie did in 1972.
We are a first-class running and walking event, with a fast course and a wonderful finish at Wheeling's Heritage Port. The Debbie Green 5K, in it's 18th year, is becoming one of the regions popular racing events. The 5K and the Green Mile has been a hot bed for the top racing talents in the region. Top high school participants and many college athletes compete against some of the top talent from around the USA and the world. The course is fast and has had some of the top 5K road race times in the world. The walking divisions are equally competitive with some of the best race walkers in the region competing and many novice runners and walkers also racing for a reason. Debbie's Dash is a special event for the kids, and all the kids are guaranteed first place.
Our goal is to provide you, the participant, with a weekend of events that are professionally organized and to provide the runners and walkers with great amenities, door prizes, pasta and entertainment. This is truly an event that will make you feel proud to be a part of.