Race for the Cure in Ocean City

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: (Tentative)

7 a.m. Race Village opens in the inlet parking lot

7:40 a.m. Survivor’s Parade of Pink

8 a.m. Survivor photo

8:15 a.m. Aerobic warm-up

9 a.m. 5K timed and recreational runs start

9:15 a.m. 5K walk and 1-mile family fun walk begin

10 a.m. Awards ceremony 

(April 17, 2015) Along with a sea of pink, expect water wings, Hawaiian shirts and snorkels to appear at Ocean City’s fourth annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure this Sunday, April 19.

“As a resident of West Ocean City, I am proud that we are bringing the Race for the Cure to this community again this year,” said Jill Brady, Eastern Shore Race and Development manager of Komen Maryland.

The event supports breast cancer research and raises awareness with a timed 5K, a 5K fun run or walk and a 1-mile family walk, where organizers encourage participants to dress in beach attire for the chance to win a prize.

Since the inaugural race in 2012, Ocean City cancer survivors, supporters and race participants have raised more than $1 million for the organization.

“What sets Komen apart from many organizations is that a large portion of the funds raised stay in the state of Maryland and are funneled back in to the local community for support programs,” Brady said.

The Race Village at the inlet opens at 7 a.m. for registration. Event sponsors will have booths set up, and food and drinks will be provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread, Seacrets and Applebee’s.

A Kids for the Cure tent will have hula hoops, jump rope and chalk.

There will be entertainment by Eclipse, a Journey tribute band, DJ Rupe, DJ Wax, and a couple local bands will be playing along the race route, Brady said.

Some vendors will have giveaways, a raffle tent will provide chances to win handmade quilts or arts and crafts and Komen merchandise will be available for purchase.

At 7:40 a.m., the survivor’s Parade of Pink walk begins at the Survivor’s Tent in the village. They will then gather for a group photo.

An aerobic workout from Cross Fit Ocean City members starts at 8:15 p.m. with the 5K taking off at 9 a.m.

The race starts on the Boardwalk around Worcester Street and continues north to 18th Street, where participants will turn around and come back.

At Fourth Street, runners will enter the concrete pad adjacent to the Boardwalk and follow this route until Ripley’s Believe it or Not. At Ripley’s, racers will turn left and run along the concrete surrounding the rides, before finishing inside Race Village at the inlet parking lot.

The family 1-mile walk follows the second part of the route. Participants will start on the Boardwalk near Worcester Street and make a left at Ripley’s instead of heading up to 18th Street.

There will be an awards ceremony for the top finishers at 10 a.m.

Last year, 2,500 people registered for the Ocean City race, which raised $230,000 with registrations, donations and cash sponsorships, Brady said.

“This race has such a great vibe. It is inspiring to see all of the people touched by breast cancer coming together to show their support and celebrate and remember. We have a nice mix of people from the Eastern Shore as well as those from across the bay who travel to our iconic town to show their support,” Brady said. 

The goal is to generate $285,000 this year, approximately $117,600 had been raised as of Monday afternoon.

As of April 10, 143 teams had signed up, which is about the same number that had registered as of this time last year, Brady said.

“Numbers are generally a lot higher than they appear now because we have a huge push in the last week,” she said.

The Race for the Cure in Ocean City has evolved into a weekend long event.

Eclipse, a Journey tribute band, will kick off festivities tonight, Friday, from 7-9 p.m. at Seacrets on 49th Street. By providing a $5 suggested donation to Komen Maryland, attendees will receive free appetizers and happy hour drink specials all night.

On Saturday, Plant Maze on 33rd Street, will offer laser tag, a climbing maze and outdoor mini golf from 1-3 p.m. for $15 of unlimited play. The Carousel Hotel on 118th Street will host its Skate for the Cure from 3-5 p.m. for $10, which includes skate rental.

Businesses in Ocean City are challenged to be the “most pinked out.” Business owners and staff are encouraged to decorate their storefronts in support of the event.

The winner will receive the “SeaBoard Business Prize Package” which includes beachfront advertising between May 22 and June 5 with one 10-second advertisement displayed every five minutes, which will run the full length of Ocean City’s beach.

Walk-up registration for the fourth annual Ocean City Race for the Cure begins today, Friday, at the Carousel Hotel from 12-7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to register in advance is $45 for timed chip runners or $40 for the fun run. Children ages 11 and under can participate in the family 1-mile walk for $10.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday at the Race Village in the inlet parking lot. The cost to sign up the day of the race is $50 for the fun run and $15 for children to participate. There is no registration the day of for the timed event.

Participants can register online until Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be entered to win a $75 gift card from Fager’s Island on 60th Street.

Parking at the inlet will be limited to those with a handicap permit. Others can park for free at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street, at Northside Park on 125th Street or at the municipal lot at 100th Street and ride the Ocean City bus to the Race Village. The bus costs $1 per trip or $3 for an all-day pass.  

Besides Ocean City, Komen Maryland hosts a Race for the Cure event in Hunt Valley each year, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25. In addition, more than 150 additional races will be going on around the country to help raise funds to eradicate breast cancer.

In 2015, Komen Maryland awarded $1,080,294 to 17 grant programs across the state. Six grant programs totaling $348,200 was specifically given to the Eastern Shore region including Maintaining Active Citizens, Inc.’s Life after Breast Cancer: Return to Independence Program and Closing the Gap: Hispanic & Latino Women and Breast Cancer through Wicomico County Health Department, which provides services to the counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset, Brady said.

With 120 affiliates associated with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Maryland is ranked in the top 10. Through events such as Race for the Cure, Komen Maryland has invested $40 million in community breast cancer programs since 1993. Seventy-five percent of donations raised in Maryland stay in the state with the remaining 25 percent supporting peer reviewed scientific research funded by the organization.

For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org.

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