Tumor Shooter Fundraiser to be Held for Former Women's Cross Country and Track Assistant Coach

Feb. 9, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. A fundraiser for former women’s cross country and track volunteer assistant coach Johanna Olson will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, hosted by Strands. All proceeds will go to Olson to help offset her medical costs.


Strands is sponsoring two races. The Tiny Tumor is approximately 3.5 miles, while the Big Tumor is approximately seven miles. The shorter race will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the longer race will kick off at 9:10 a.m. at Midge Cramer Trail, located just south of the Benton County Fairgrounds.


The cost is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the race. The registration fee includes a free training plan, free online training log and free tech shirt. Following the races, there will be raffle giveaways and snacks and beverages.


“I feel blessed by the amount of support that I have been given,” Olson said. “And I am super excited that I get to come to Corvallis for the race. I'll be running, probably not fast, but I'll be there!”


Olson was an assistant under head coach Kelly Sullivan during the 2005-06 academic year, while working on a master’s in exercise and sport science.


Prior to her time at Oregon State, Olson attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During her rookie cross country season, Olson was diagnosed with a brain tumor after seeing black spots. She underwent surgery in November and was able to compete the following track season. She finished up a successful career, including six conference championships and seven All-America honors, winning the Division III National Championship on the third anniversary of her brain surgery.


Olson graduated from Luther in 2001 with a degree in health education with minors in physical education and biology. In between coaching at the high school and collegiate levels, Olson started training for the Olympic Trials, qualifying in both 2004 and 2008.


But her tumor came back in 2009, forcing her to have surgery in July, and causing her to move back to Minnesota. She is currently working full-time at Starbucks and a volunteer track coach at Hamline University, all while still undergoing chemotherapy.


For more information on Johanna, visit http://savejohannasbrain.com. And for more information on the race, visit http://www.strands.com/events/tumorshooter.


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