Join the fight against breast cancer Saturday at the annual Komen event

Join the fight against breast cancer Saturday at the annual Komen event

June 11, 2010 

  • The basics

    Start and finish at Meredith College, off Hillsborough Street in Raleigh

    Events: 5K competitive race (timed) - 7 a.m.

    5K women's only run/walk - 7:45 a.m.

    5K coed recreational run/walk - 8:45 a.m.

    1-Mile fun run/walk - 9:30 a.m.

    The kids

    Bring 'em. The Carolina Hurricanes are sponsoring this year's KidZone, with bouncy equipment and other fun stuff for children.

    Strollers are discouraged in the footraces; those pushing children in strollers, please stay at the back of the crowds for safety.

    No pets please!

    The early bird leaves the car at home

    Whether you're signed up in advance or not, arrive early!

    And don't plan to park on the Meredith campus. Space there is reserved for handicapped parking and some volunteer and VIP parking.

    Ride one of the shuttle buses from the RBC Center parking lot. Buses start running 6 a.m. Saturday for the first event, a 7:30 a.m. competitive 5K

    The perks

    Great food and other free stuff from race sponsors and supporters. Think Skinny Cow Ice Cream and Chick-fil-A.

    During the 5K events, listen for a jazz band outside the State Employees Credit Union on Hillsborough Street, a rousing church choir at Dixie Trail and Henderson Street, among other performances. On Barmettler Street, prepare for the Squirts! Neighborhood kids with water guns spray passing runners and walkers.

    At the finish line: music by Janet Stolp and the Best Kept Secrets

    The names

    Be prepared for fun, funny, touching team names. Expect to encounter every variation on the word breast:

    Boobie Brigade

    BSTUD for Boobies (Summit Church Bible study team)

    Viva Las Boobies

    Stop the Attack on Our Racks

    Breast Buds

    Breast Friends

    BFF (Breast Friends Forever)

    Simply the Breast

    The special team

    Jeanne's Spirit of Komen, in honor of Jeanne Peck, the woman who first had the idea to bring the Race for the Cure to the Triangle, in 1996. Peck died in January 2009 after a 15-month battle with lymphoma. She was diagnosed shortly after celebrating 20 years of surviving breast cancer.

    By the numbers

    23,000

    registered racers (expected).

    2,000

    of them are breast cancer survivors

    7,000

    volunteers and

    spectators

    40,000

    bottles of water

    5,000

    bagels from Panera

    75

    shuttle buses

    5

    race options

    $2 million

    raised (last year, same expected this)

    75 %

    of which stays in

    Triangle, in the form of local grants for education, screening, treatment and post-treatment services for people in need

    25 %

    goes to the National Komen Foundation for research grants.

No firm plans this weekend? We've got an idea: Saturday is the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, the annual footrace (and the largest footrace in North and South Carolina) that raises money for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and post-treatment services for people in need.

You can sign up in person on the Meredith College campus today or Saturday morning. (The online signup is closed.) You don't even have to run: You can walk, skip, amble or stroll. (You can also sleep in for the cure; check out www.komennctriangle.org for details.)

No matter how you get to the finish line, you'll help make a difference.

Here's our guide to what you need to know:

Compiled by Ruth Sheehan

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