Ocean City Today

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday in OC

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 12, 2018
Close to 1,600 people registered for the sixth annual Susan G. Komen Ocean City Race for the Cure, April 8, which included a 5K timed competitive run, 5K recreational run and walk and 1-mile fun walk.

(April 13, 2018) Help to eradicate cancer during the seventh annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, this Saturday on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

“Susan G. Komen’s sole focus is a world without breast cancer,” said Kim Schmulowitz, communications and marketing director of Komen Maryland. “Founded in 1982, Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.”

The event raises awareness, support and funds for breast cancer research with a 5K fun run or walk and a 1-mile family walk. Because of decreased demand, there will be no timed run this year.

“Only about 7 percent of participants run— most people walk this event,” Schmulowitz said.

“Runners are still welcome to time their own run.”

Since the inaugural event in 2012, Ocean City cancer survivors, supporters and race participants have raised more than $1.5 million for the organization.

“Through events like the Race for the Cure, Komen Maryland has invested $27 million in community breast health programs in the state including nearly $5 million on the Eastern Shore since 1993, and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research,” Schmulowitz said. “Komen has set a bold goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026.”

Festivities kick off tonight, Friday, at Ropewalk on 82nd Street beginning at 6 p.m. for a pre-race celebration with happy hour prices, complimentary appetizers, an auction and raffle.

“Participants can kick off the weekend with friends and family, welcome them to Ocean City, and build excitement for the race on Saturday,” Schmulowitz said.

The Race Village at the inlet parking lot opens at 7:30 a.m. where the registration tent and event sponsors will have booths set up, DJ Rupe is slated to play music on the main stage and coffee, doughnuts, water, granola bars and fruit will be provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and Seacrets.

Breast cancer survivors will have their own tent with activities, and Komen merchandise will be available for purchase.

Prior to the race, top fundraising and recruitment teams will be recognized at 8:30 a.m. on the race village stage. Those teams will receive a sign to carry during the race, Schmulowitz said.

A pre-race warmup led by Cross Fit Ocean City kicks off festivities before the 5K begins at 9 a.m.

The race starts on the Boardwalk at the inlet and continues north to 18th Street, where participants will turn around and walk or run back.

At 10:20 a.m., the survivor’s parade begins at the Survivor’s Tent in the village. They will then gather for a group photo before a dance party breaks out with DJ Rupe at the main stage.

“This event celebrates survivors, honors those living with the disease and remembers those we have lost,” Schmulowitz said. “A diagnosis of breast cancer can leave a person feeling isolated. Survivors tell us this is an event that helps them realize they are not alone, and it gives them hope and comfort.”

Backshore Brewery and DevilBackbone Brewing Company will offer participants 21 and older one complimentary beer after the race inside the beer garden.

Ocean City Councilperson Mary Knight was named honorary chair for the race and will say a few words. In addition, Mike Lichniak and Brooke Reese from WBOC will serve as emcees.

Last year, close to 1,600 people participated in the Ocean City race, which raised about $156,000 from registration, donations and cash sponsorships.

“Komen Maryland is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community,” Schmulowitz said. “Funds raised help us support local programs and national research into the cures.”

As of April 6, 1,030 people had signed up, with a goal to generate at least $150,000 this year. Approximately $71,980 had been raised as of Monday afternoon.

“The majority of people sign up in the last two weeks prior to the race,” Schmulowitz said. “We are expecting about 1,500 registered participants and about a few hundred spectators.”

Seacrets on 49th Street will host a post-race celebration on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 5 p.m., with live entertainment and happy hour drink prices in addition to complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket.

“These events are a great way to turn the race into a weekend getaway,” Schmulowitz said. “Participants can celebrate with their teams and enjoy music and dancing.”

Walk-up registration for the seventh annual Ocean City Race for the Cure is today, Friday, at the Princess Royale Hotel on 91st Street from 12-7 p.m. The cost to register in advance is $30 for adults and children ages 11 and under can participate for $15. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Race Village in the inlet parking lot. The cost to sign up the day of the race is $40 for the fun run and $20 for children to participate.

New this year, participants can purchase a $10 parking permit for the inlet parking lot. Handicapped parking will be available at the inlet parking lot at no charge for those with a permit. Others can park for free at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street, at Northside Park on 125th Street or at the municipal lot at 100th Street and ride the Ocean City bus to the Race Village. The bus costs $3 for an all-day pass.

Besides Ocean City, Komen Maryland will host a Race for the Cure event in Columbia this year, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Columbia Gateway. In addition, 140 races are planned globally in 2018 to help eradicate breast cancer.

In 2018, Komen Maryland awarded $359,000 to Eastern Shore grant programs including the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Wicomico County Health Department, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Moveable Feast, Maintaining Active Citizens, the Northwest Hospital Center and Nueva Vida, Schmulowitz said.

“Komen Maryland funds local breast health programs throughout the state including programs on the Eastern Shore as well as national research,” Schmulowitz said. “Last fall, Susan G. Komen awarded $1.6 million to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.”

For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org to donate.




7:30 a.m: Race Village opens in the inlet parking lot

8:30 a.m: Opening ceremony at the race village stage with top fundraising and team challenge awards

9 a.m: 5K recreational run and walk and 1-mile family fun walk start

10:20 a.m: Survivor’s Parade

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