Pittsburgh Race for the Cure Goes Virtual
The 5k is spread out over the course of two weeks.
Like many other local races this year, the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure is going virtual.
The 28th annual race will open with an online kick-off on Sunday, Sept. 13, and concludes on Sept. 26. Participants will have the opportunity to run or walk in their own neighborhoods during the two-week period.
The virtual 5k features daily contests and prize giveaways. Participants are encouraged to share their photos, short video clips, and stories from their virtual race. Runners can submit a screenshot of their mileage and corresponding time for online race results.
“Participants will have the opportunity to safely race when and where they feel most comfortable, knowing that their actions honor and support their friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors who have been affected by breast cancer,” Kathy Purcell, chief executive officer of Komen Greater PA, said in a release.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in May on Mother’s Day at Schenley Park in Oakland.
The Komen Pittsburgh Race is the organization’s largest fundraising activity, attracting more than 15,000 participants annually.
“Our ability to carry out our mission is directly related to the funds we raise through the Race,” Purcell said. “That’s why it’s imperative that the Race go on, albeit virtually. People throughout Pennsylvania are depending on us. It truly can be a matter of life and death.”