It’s nearly time for the Susan G. Komen Charlotte’s 17th annual Race for the Cure event on Oct. 5.
Komen Charlotte marketing director Lynda Stadler said the 10-day countdown will include a chance for participants to pick up their packets before race day. Through Thursday, those who pick up their packets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Komen Charlotte’s 2316 Randolph Road offices will also get free Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
Organizers said last year’s event drew 17,000 participants and raised $1.4 million. Of that funding, 75 percent stays in Komen Charlotte’s 13-county area and 25 percent goes to national research grants. While organizers always encourage participants to raise money, Stadler said, there is no minimum requirement to participate.
“It’s a wonderful cause, and it helps people in our community,” she said, noting the money helps underserved or underinsured women receive mammograms and diagnostic services, among others.
“It’s an incredible experience. If you haven’t been before, it’s celebratory, emotional, fun and festive.”
This year’s event will feature even more festivities, with DJs, music, Carolina Panthers Purrcussion drum line and a food truck rodeo, Stadler said.
NASCAR driver Taylor Stricklin will have his car in the kids’ area, which will also feature an art station where kids can compete to design next year’s Kids Dash T-shirt, Stadler said.
Also new this year will be the Tough Cookie award – named for breast cancer survivor and Go Jen Go founder Jen Pagani of Charlotte – which goes to the top competitive winner, male or female, in the timed 5K, Stadler said.
The Survivor Celebration ceremony and parade is the culmination of the event, Stadler said, adding this will be the first year that survivors will be paired with a co-survivor for the parade.
Online event registration is open through Oct. 3.
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