The 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place at Coconut Point Mall in Estero on Saturday, March 9. Event registration is now open. A host of new features is planned for Race Day to appeal to both teams and individual participants. Participants may register online at KomenRace.org or call 498-0016 for a printed registration form.
Seventy five percent of all net proceeds from the Southwest Florida Race for the Cure stay in Southwest Florida and 25 percent of proceeds are given to national research programs.
Those who register early receive a reduced rate. Adult fees are $25 for the 5K run or walk for those who sign up by Dec. 31, 2012, and $35 for adult chip timed racers. Fees will increase by $5 after Jan. 1, 2013, and increase again for Race Day.
Another reason to register early: those who register before Sept. 30 will be entered into a drawing for a round-trip American Airlines ticket valid through March 9, 2013 anywhere in the continental U.S.
"We encourage participants to sign up early so we can start a dialogue as soon as possible," said Miriam Ross, executive director of Komen's Southwest Florida affiliate. "We are planning contests, social media promotions, kick off and team events, and new amenities that we want to communicate on an ongoing basis."
Event additions include a Team Village for top fundraising teams, a T-Shirt design contest, entertainment along the race route, and the opportunity for a tailgate party.
More than 10,000 participants, volunteers and sponsors attended the 2012 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure. The Race is a sanctioned 5K event that also includes a non-competitive 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run/walk. Funds raised allowed the Southwest Florida affiliate to bestow grants totaling more than $825,000 to 12 local non-profit agencies that provide breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Since 2002, the Southwest Florida affiliate has given more than $5.5 million to local non-profit organizations.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest fundraising event in Southwest Florida supporting the fight against breast cancer. Komen is also the world's largest non-governmental source for breast cancer research and community outreach in the world.
Top sponsors to date include: Mariann, Bob & Megan McDonald, Ford, Coconut Point, Comcast, NBC-2 and eBella Magazine.
For more information on sponsorship or to register a team or individual, visit www.KomeRace.org or call 498-0016.