Second annual Race for the Cure set for Sunday

Second annual Race for the Cure set for Sunday

(April 19, 2013) In 2012, the Susan G. Komen Foundation brought its Race for the Cure to Ocean City for the first time. The inaugural event, which included a 5k timed competitive run, a 5k recreational run/walk and 1-mile fun walk on the resort’s Boardwalk, drew 3,662 registered participants.

Unfavorable weather conditions on race day unfortunately kept many participants at bay, though the Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure still raised $349,150 by way of registration fees, donations and cash sponsorships.

Organizers initially hoped to generate $241,000.

“Last year’s inaugural race was great. The city worked with Komen Maryland to work through the processes to ensure our first Susan G. Komen Ocean City Race for the Cure was a huge success even with the pouring rain,” said Margo Mandes, the 2013 Eastern Shore race and development coordinator.

This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday and will include a 5k timed competitive run, a 5k recreational run/walk and 1-mile fun walk.

Online registration will remain open until 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration will also take place at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Friday) and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday morning, registration will open at 6 a.m. in the Race Village in the inlet parking lot at the southern most end of Ocean City.

At 6:45 a.m. the “Parade of Pink” survivor recognition walk will begin, followed by a group photograph at 7 a.m.

An aerobic warm-up is on tap for 7:15 a.m.; the 5k timed and untimed runs will kick off at 8 a.m.; and the 5k Walk/ 1-Mile Family Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. The 5k races will begin on the Boardwalk, just south of Somerset Street. Participants will make a left at 15th Street onto Baltimore Avenue and continue to the inlet. The finish line will be near the ferris wheel on the north end of the parking lot. There will be partial road closures along the race route beginning at 6 a.m.

The 1-mile walk will start at the same location.

Prior to race day, the cost to participate is $35 for adults (individual participants or team members), $40 for timed runners with chip (not available on race day) and $10 for children age 11 and younger. On race day, the cost is $45 for adults and $15 for children 11 and younger.

An awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the Race Village, where the main stage will be set up. The village will also feature live entertainment, sponsor and partner tents.

Parking will not be available in the inlet lot. A shuttle bus will make runs from the convention center to the Race Village from 5 a.m. to noon, continuously. The Ocean City bus will run all day. The cost is $1 per ride or $3 for an all-day pass.

“It’s a great weekend for runners or walkers, singles, couples or families to come out and enjoy Ocean City during the off season. We have a great race route, and awesome activities planned,” Mandes said.

The goal this year is to register 5,000 participants and to raise $435,000. As of Tuesday morning, approximately 2,500 participants from 22 states and Washington, D.C., had signed up. According to the Ocean City race page on the www.

komenmd.org Web site, more than $227,000 had been pledged by April 18.

“We have been working on building a destination weekend for the race. This year we have added three new components in hopes that the registrants make a weekend of family fun,” Mandes said.

The festivities kick off tonight, Friday, with a Concert for the Cure at Seacrets on 49th Street from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $5 with all proceeds benefiting Komen Maryland. Monkee Paw will perform during the party.

On Saturday, Planet Maze on 33rd Street will host a laser tag activity from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, $6 of which will go to the organization. An ice skating event will take place Saturday evening at the Carousel Hotel on 118th Street from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with all proceeds being donated to Komen Maryland.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised during the second annual Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure will go to local and statewide programs that offer breast health services, from screening and treatment to support. The remaining 25 percent will fund research grants at institutions across the country to support Komen for the Cure’s mission to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Komen Maryland has provided more than $35 million to support the fight against breast cancer. Since 1998, Eastern Shore programs have received more than $3 million in funding from Komen Maryland for services to help those affected by breast cancer.

As a part of the Ocean City event, businesses have been invited to compete in the “Paint the Town Pink” campaign and decorate their establishments in support of the Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure. The competition began April 12, and concludes today, April 19. An independent judge will choose the best decorated business. The winner will be announced Sunday on the main stage in the Race Village.

Several establishments are participating in the “Dine Out for the Cure®” program. BJ’s on the Water on 75th Street and Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant, in the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street, will donate 20 percent of their sales of either lunch, dinner or both, today through Sunday. The VFW Post 8296 on 66th Street will offer special meals each day. Komen Maryland is encouraging all race participants and supporters to dine at these places.

A number of hotels are also offering discounts for race weekend.

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

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