25 years of The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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On Sunday, Schenley Park in Oakland will be flooded by a sea of pink for year 25 of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

If it’s your first time or your 25th, here are a few important tips for race day.

Teams and individuals can register online to participate. However, walkers and runners also can sign up beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Flagstaff Hill, just head for the registration tables where everyone can pick up their bibs, chips and pink event T-shirts. More than 15,000 participants are expected on race day.


Volunteers also can register online to participate in race-day assistance and activities.

Parking is free from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at designated parking lots around the Oakland area. Shuttles running from several suburbs to and from the race also will be provided. The cost for the shuttle is $5, and you must register online.


As for the races:

  • The Kids Dash for children ages 6 and under begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • The 5K timed run begins at 8:35 a.m.
  • The 5K untimed and the 1-mile Fun Walk begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • The 5K course goes through the north side of Schenley Park, around Forbes Avenue and back to the starting area. The 1-mile Fun Walk begins in Schenley Park and loops around the Carnegie Library and back to the starting line.


If you are driving in the area, many streets will be closed until approximately 11:30 a.m.

This year’s race has already met its fundraising goal of $500,000.

Seventy-five percent of donations go to local cancer programs, while the remaining 25 percent goes toward national research programs. And it’s making a difference: From 1989 to 2014 the rate of cancer mortality has decreased by 38 percent, according to Susan G. Komen website.

Not running but still want to donate? Visit komenpittsburgh.org


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