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Susan G. Komen Kentucky to host 23rd Annual Race for the Cure 5K run in Lexington October 27

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will host its 23rd Annual Lexington Race for the Cure 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, October 27. The race will take place at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, located at 120 N. Limestone in Lexington. Registration is open now for runners and walkers. Individuals and teams can register by visiting KomenKentucky.org or by calling (859) 368-7133.

One in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Funds raised from Race for the Cure will support global breast cancer research, as well as local programs and services that benefit people in Lexington and across Kentucky.

“Our mission represents so much more than just wearing pink and raising awareness,” said Lynda Weeks, executive director of Susan G. Komen Kentucky. “We are working to achieve Komen’s Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. The community can help by registering and fundraising for Race for the Cure.”

Race-day activities will start at 7 a.m. at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Registration and the race expo open at 7 a.m. Before the race, breast cancer survivors can enjoy a special, free breakfast, and they can bring guests to the breakfast for $5 per person. All participants can enjoy a Jazzercise warm-up at 8 a.m., followed by fundraising awards at 8:15 a.m. The Survivor Parade of Pink will take place at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Run will begin at 9 a.m., with the 1-Mile Walk to follow at 9:10 a.m.

There is a new race route this year in downtown Lexington for both the 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk. Every registered participant will receive a gray, long-sleeved tee shirt during registration, and a medal at the finish line. The Lexington Green Survivor Trolley will transport medically-fragile participants along the race route and to the finish line. The Komen Kids’ Zone will offer family-friendly activities for children. Teams can submit tee-shirt designs in the Team Shirt Contest to win prizes. There will also be a Halloween costume contest. And, participants can bring a photo to add to the Wall of Honor/Remembrance.

To ensure the best experience for participants, only those participating in the race as a runner, walker or survivor will have access to the race expo, breakfast area and race course. Participants must wear their race bibs for entry into these areas.

Individual racers and teams can pick up their packets at the Lexington Green Lakeside Pavilion, located at 161 Lexington Green Circle, in advance of the race. Individual packet pickup will take place from Sunday, October 21 to Friday, October 26. Team packet pickup will take place on Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25. Packet pickup hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Komen Kentucky is now accepting volunteers for Race for the Cure, as well as race sponsors. Race fundraising is also happening now at KomenKentucky.org. Those wishing to donate to the race can make donations to individual racers, teams and through general race donations.

To register for Race for the Cure or to learn more about Susan G. Komen Kentucky’s mission, visit KomenKentucky.org or call 859-368-7133.

From Susan G. Komen Kentucky

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