Walk, race to benefit cancer research

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and region’s two largest events for the cause, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides to End Breast Cancer walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K are set to run this Sunday and next in Johnson City and Kingsport.

The 2013 Tri-Cities Making Strides event will be held Sunday at the Millennium Centre Courtyard located just off West State of Franklin Road adjacent to East Tennessee State University.

Registration will open at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies will get under way at 2:30 and the 5K walk will begin at 3. The walk route will follow State of Franklin Road past the university and Johnson City Medical Center, east along West Market Street to University Parkway and back to the courtyard along the parkway and State of Franklin Road.

Now in its second year, the walk raised more than $90,000 last year and the local ACS chapter and its volunteers are working to top that number this year.

On Wednesday, with 84 teams and 641 individual participants registered, the event had raised just more than $63,500 in pledges for breast cancer research, preventive education and patient services supported by the ACS,

Contributions to support the walk teams may be made online at makingstrides.acsevents.org or at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Tri-Cities Facebook page.

More information about the event and how to join in, including registration forms, are also available at the website or may be obtained by calling the local ACS office at 926-2921.

The 2013 Susan G. Komen Tri-Cities Race for the Cure will be held Oct. 20 at Memorial Park in Kingsport.

Now it in its eighth year, the race is an opportunity for area runners to take to the road for the future of their mothers, sisters, friends, co-workers and themselves.

In addition to the 5K, the event will also include a Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5K, a one-mile Dash for the Cure for youths ages 14 and younger, and a 100-yard Dash for the Cure for children ages 5 and under.

Pre-race festivities including music, fun activities for children and adults and a Survivors Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park at 1625 Fort Henry Drive. The 100-Yard Dash for the Cure will begin at 1, the one-mile dash will start at 2 and the 5K will begin at 3. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each of the events in a Main Stage Ceremony to be held following the races.

The event’s goal is to raise $500,000 for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and research supported to the international Susan G. Komen organization. More than 6,000 participants are expected to turn out.

Entry fees for those who register before Oct. 19 are $30 for the adult 5K; $20 for the Survivors’ 5K and $15 for the two dash events for youths and children.

The entry fee for each event will increase by $5 after Oct. 19. Participants who wish to time their run in any of the events may do so through a timing chip available for an additional $5.

Registration may be completed online through 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at www.komentricities.org, Or registration forms may be downloaded at the website and dropped off or mailed to the Susan G. Komen Affiliate Office, 301 Louis St., Suite 304 Kingsport, TN 37660.

Participants who pre-register by Tuesday will be guaranteed an event shirt. Race-day registration will be available by cash or check or only.

More information about the event, including an opportunity to make a donation in support of the event or any of its race teams is available at the web site or may be obtained by calling the Tri-Cities Susan G. Komen affiliate at 765-9313 or visiting its offices at 301 Louis St., Suite 301, Kingsport.

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