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May 15, 2013
Save Lives and Run Outside at Southwest Michigan's 2013 Race For The Cure
Eva Hattie Schueler
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in America.  One study shows that an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed every year.  These days, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer in some way, and in a world where so many are affected, it can be hard to imagine what a world without this disease would be like.
Yet a world without breast cancer is the very end result the Susan G. Komen Foundation wants to see, which it aims to accomplish through runs, lectures, grants, donations and a website full of free information on the subject.  One such run, the Race For The Cure, will be happening May 19 at the Arcadia Festival Site in Kalamazoo.  With over 2,500 participants and a goal of $200,000, the race is the perfect combination of promoting fitness and assisting a good cause.
There are many different ways one can take part in the Race For The Cure.  Becoming a team captain or runner are the two obvious answers, but acting as a supporter, making donations, becoming a volunteer or sponsor and creating a fundraiser are all equally good ways to participate in what has become the world’s largest and most accomplished fundraising event.
The race itself is made up of two events, a 5K and a 1-mile family walk.  An Opening Ceremony and Survivor Celebration of Hope Tribute will be held before both runs at 12:45 p.m. The family walk will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and the 5K will start at 2:10 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.
Packet pick-up can be done the day of the event or on various days of the preceding week, with different locations for Portage, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.  Ticket prices vary, depending on date of registration and the purchase of a timing chip.  To register for the event or for a more detailed schedule, please visit the Race For The Cure website.
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