The 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is back and ready to break records, Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Downtown Houston.
For nearly 2 decades, the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® has seen phenomenal growth and 2008 was no exception. Last year’s Race shattered previous records earning over $1.8 million dollars by race day despite a devastating hurricane and a sharp economic downturn. The success of the Race has helped to make the Komen Houston Affiliate the Top Komen Affiliate in the world in 2009.
“We are looking forward to seeing a sea of pink on Race day,” says Kathy Nicholson, 2009 Komen Houston Race Chair. “If we have 30,000 participants and each one raises $100, we will raise $3,000,000, bringing us one step closer to a cure.”
This year’s Race, which is sponsored locally by Marathon Oil Corporation, will begin and end at the Sam Houston Park downtown, retracing the same popular route as 2008. Over 30,000 participants, including 1,600 breast cancer survivors, are expected to take part in this year’s activities.
The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is a certified USATF 5K course with running and walking events for everyone including a Family Walk / Kids K (approximately 1/2 mile), a 5K Timed Competitive Run, a 5K Non-Competitive Run and a 5K Walk.
Returning this year is the popular Sleep in for the Cure®, an extension of Race for the Cure® that allows people to participate in the cause from the comfort of their own bed. Sleep in for the Cure® is a great way for those who cannot attend the main race to show their support while still catching their zzz’s.
Komen Houston Race for the Cure® activities will begin prior to race day and last well after the event is over. Chevron is sponsoring the Pasta Party and Auction for all race goers, Thursday, October 1 at the Westin Galleria.
Opening Ceremonies begin on October 3 at 7:45 a.m. with the first race starting at 8:00 a.m. The Runners’ Award Ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Survivor Celebration sponsored by Baker Hughes at 10 a.m. in Sam Houston Park. Participants can enjoy the Sponsor Expo where they will be able to sample products and food from the race sponsors and enjoy live entertainment. And for the Race’s smallest supporters, the Kids for the Cure® Corral, sponsored by Cindy and Mike Gatewood, Larry and Brenda Petru, and Paula and Gerard Stafford, offers face painting and games for children 10 and under.
Entry fees are $30 for adults, $15 for children, $25 for survivors and an additional $5 for the competitive run. Participants who register online at www.komen-houston.org by September 27 will receive their Race packet, including Race t-shirt and bib, by mail. Registration for Sleep in for the Cure® is $50 and includes a Race T-shirt, snooze bib and Race bib (just in case you change your mind), and specialty item.
For more information on the 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® visit www.komen-houston.org