Northwest NEWS

July 10, 2000

Events

Komen Race for the Cure gears up

by Deborah Stone

   The Puget Sound Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is hosting the 7th annual Komen Race for the Cure on Sept. 17th at Safeco Field. The event is expected to attract over 20,000 participants to run and walk in downtown Seattle.

   Proceeds support the Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through advancements in research, education, screening, and treatment. Individuals and teams of family, friends, and co-workers walk and run to help raise money for the cause.

   This year, the race schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. for the 5K co-ed non-competitive run/walk, followed by the one-mile co-ed walk at 8:35 a.m., the 5K-wheelchair race at 9:29 a.m., and the 5K women-only competitive run at 9:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

   Registration forms will be available in mid-August at local running stores and at several retail establishments throughout the Puget Sound area. Participants can also register online at www.seattleraceforthecure.org. Team deadline is by mail only and must be postmarked by August 31st. All mail-in entries must be postmarked by September 9th. On the day of the race, the registration fee will be $25.

   The fundraising goal set by the Puget Sound Affiliate for this year's race is $1,000,000. Last year, $747,000 was raised by a record number of 15,000 participants.

   Honorary chairpersons of the 7th annual Race for the Cure will be Ginger Ackerley, co-chair of the Board for the Ackerley Group, and Lin Dunn, coach for the Seattle Storm.