COLUMBIA — Don't be surprised if you come across a flow of runners in pink at Maryland Avenue or Rollins Street on Sunday morning.
Thousands will be running and walking to celebrate survivors of breast cancer, to support those who are struggling and to memorialize those who didn't survive. This is the third year of the annual Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure.
Packet pick-up begins at 6 a.m. The race for timed runners, un-timed runners and walkers starts at 8:30 a.m., 8:40 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., respectively. Participants can run or walk the whole 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) race. According to the course map, the race starts at Mick Deaver Memorial Drive and ends at Memorial Stadium.
Survivors are invited to the Survivor tent, open from 6:30 to 11 a.m., for manicures, massages, gift bags and a photo booth.
Kathy Adams, the executive director of Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said that over 2,600 people are registered for Sunday's race, and nearly 400 volunteers have signed up to help.
According to the website of Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the race has already raised $56,625.10 as of Friday, which is 19 percent of what the organization expects to raise this year — a total of $300,000.
Seventy-five percent of the money raised by the race will go back to 16 counties in the Mid-Missouri area, including Boone, to fund grants to breast cancer screening, and education and treatment programs, Adams said. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research through Komen's headquarters in Dallas.
Anyone who still wants to register for the race can do so until 8 p.m. Friday or between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Ultramax Sports at 2902 Forum Blvd. Suite 101. On site registration starts at 6 a.m. Sunday.
The registration fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Children of five and under are free.
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