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Beck’s Hosts Second Annual 5K To Support Non-Profit Organization

The American Institute for Cancer Research was selected as the 2021 beneficiary.

Published on Friday, June 11, 2021

ATLANTA, INDIANA – Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, hosted their second annual 5K on June 5, at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ind. Beck’s 5K promotes health and wellness among Beck’s employees and their families, customers, seed dealers, and the community.

From a combination of in-person racers, virtual racers, and children racers, the 5K had a total of 378 participants. Through registrations, sponsorships, and generous donations, Beck’s 5K generated $28,784.70 to directly benefit the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

Participants running at Beck’s second annual 5K in Atlanta, IN.

AICR was selected by a vote from Beck’s employees. Because many have experienced the impact of cancer in some way, Beck’s employees felt passionate about supporting an organization like AICR. AICR stays committed to preventing cancer and healthier survivorship through innovative research, community programs, and impactful partnerships.

“The collaboration between Beck’s and AICR’s annual Shred Cancer event with ProShred Security brings together the community to run, walk, and highlight the importance of physical activity, nutrition, and overall lifestyle habits in reducing cancer risk. Beck's Hybrids is one of AICR’s important partners in this effort,” said Jodi Street, director of corporate relations at AICR.

Participants could show support to loved ones by purchasing Tributes that were displayed on the Shred Cancer Wall in honor of fighters and survivors and in memory of those who are no longer with us.

Shred Cancer wall sponsored by ProShred Security

“We had a perfect day to bring together our family of employees and community to support cancer research,” said Bethany Gremel, director of culture and brand experience at Beck’s. “Cancer is no stranger to any of us, and this year’s event allowed us the opportunity to support our employees and give back to AICR.”

The event was open to all ages. In addition to the 5K run/walk, children ages 3 to 11 had the chance to participate in the first-ever Kids Fun Run. Emilio Leal, age 14 from Indianapolis, IN, was the overall winner with a time of 16:57. Behind him was Ryan Murdoch, age 33 from Westfield, IN, with a time of 17:46, and Tyler Cook, age 22, from Indianapolis, with a final time of 18:49. For a full list of finishers, visit

Top three finishers: Ryan Murdoch (L), Tyler Cook (M), and Emilio Leal (R)

The post-race party featured food trucks from For the Love of Food, Three Dolls & Co., and Eddie Joe's Icehouse that also benefitted AICR. From PROSHRED Security’s Shred Cancer event, $2,000 was donated to AICR.

A special thanks to the generous sponsors who made this year’s event a success:

Platinum Sponsor: PROSHRED Security

Gold Sponsors: Best One of Tipton, Cintas, Cook Plumbing, Dan Young, IceMiller Legal Counsel, Indy Power Sports, KEEN Project Solutions, Master AVC, MJ Insurance, USI

Silver Sponsors: ADP, Century 21 (Lisa Stokes-Bear), FCFCU, First Wing Jet Center, Nyhart, Omni Electric, QBE-Insurance, Reynolds, Shepherd Financial, Symetra

Bronze Sponsors: Athletico, Big Dogs Smokehouse, Boathouse Kitchen and Swan Dive, CLA, D2, Darkside Roasters, Gaither Management Group, Jim Dandy, Nationwide, Ryan Fireprotection, Inc., VanDiest Supply Company, Verve Health

Additional Sponsors: Changing Footprints, DJ Godzillest, Dodd Technology, Fidelity Investments, FitAid Beverage Co., Good's Candy Shop, HR PRO - People Solutions, McGavic Outdoor Power, Murray's Body Shop, Needler's Fresh Market, Nuun, On Site Services, Shoup's Country Food, Wilsons Farm Market, State Farm - Lindsey Cuneo

For more information about AICR and their research efforts, visit their website at

About Beck's Beck's- Farmers At Heart® - revolutionized the customer seed buying experience by remaining true to a foundation built on faith, family, and farming. Founded in 1937, Beck's appreciates the farmers who have helped them become the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third largest seed brand in the United States. The Beck family is now in its fifth generation of family members who work in the business to honor God and help farmers succeed. The Beck family and team of employees help farmers achieve success from generation to generation through authentic customer experiences, product diversity, seed quality, and performance. With a home office located in Atlanta, Ind., Beck's serves farmers throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. For more information about Beck's, visit Follow Beck's on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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