Komen racers advised to arrive early

From Staff ReportsJune 8, 2007 

— Planning on taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday? Organizers say you should get there early.

Participants should arrive at Meredith College one hour before their event, says Pam Blondin, executive director of the Triangle affiliate of the Komen Race for the Cure.

Participants and spectators can park free at the RBC Center and ride a free bus to Meredith. Those parking at RBC should arrive there 90 minutes before their event, Blondin said. The section of Hillsborough from Meredith to Brooks Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon.

The events are a competitive 5K at 7:15 a.m., a recreational 5K run and walk for women only at 8 a.m., a recreational 5K fun run and walk at 9:15 a.m and a one-mile fun run and walk at 9:45 a.m.

About 20,000 people are expected in the races. About 1,500 people have registered for a "Sleep In for the Cure," which means they plan to stay home and sleep late while still contributing to the cause of breast cancer research.

Race-day registration starts at 6 a.m., although there is no race-day registration for the competitive 5K. Registration costs $20-$30. Online registration is available at www.komennctriangle.org.

Sponsor giveaways, food booths, a kids' zone and other activities will be open to participants and spectators. Onlookers are welcome to line the race route.

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