Baltimore City will host the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this fall. Officials are welcoming the economic impact and attention the event will bring to the city, since it will be Komen’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 participants are expected to register to walk or run the five-kilometer course, which will start at McHenry Row. form a loop through Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and come to an end at McHenry Row. The 25th anniversary event is expected to be one of the largest races to be held in Baltimore City.
The money generated from the event, which is expected to be around $850,000 will fund breast cancer research and programs. Since 1993, the Maryland chapter has raised a total of $39 million.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more women are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other type of cancer, with an estimated 5,250 new cases expected this year in Maryland, compared to 252,710 nationwide.
Washington D.C. has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the United States, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi, with Maryland falling in the sixth place.
The first Komen race took place in 1993 at the Rash Field in Baltimore City, but for the past decade it has taken place in Hunt Valley.
Komen Maryland Race for the Cure is scheduled for October 15
- 8 a.m. – Registration begins
- 9 a.m. – 5K-timed race kicks off
- 9 a.m. – 1-Mile family fun walk begins
- 10:40 a.m. – Festivities for survivors
- 11:15 a.m. – Closing remarks
To register in advance at the official Susan G. Komen website.