MURRIETA – Thousands of runners and walkers, including 250 breast cancer survivors, are expected to turn out Sunday for the annual Susan G. Komen IE Race for the Cure, the affiliate’s signature fundraising event in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The race is in its 19th year, but this year marks the first time it will take place at the picturesque Murrieta Town Square.
“The City of Murrieta is extremely delighted to host the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure,” said Mayor Rick Gibbs. “Since breast cancer is so prevalent and affects so many families, we are
proud to do our part in advocating for increased awareness and early detection, and I look forward to walking with many survivors and their families on Sunday.”
The Murrieta City Council is scheduled to present a proclamation to the Susan G. Komen board of directors at the Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting and to shine pink lights on City Hall in an outdoor
ceremony after the 6 p.m. meeting starts.
Registration, packet pickup and an expo open at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. There’s also a survivor hospitality tent that will open at that hour, along with “Team Tailgate,” a gathering spot
for race participants. The race kicks off with a one-mile fun walk/run at 7:15 a.m. followed by a “Survivor and Forever Fighter” ceremony at 8 a.m. The 5K run starts at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K
walk starts at 9 a.m.
Online registration is available through noon Friday, Oct. 6 at inlandempire.info-komen.org. In-person registration and packet pickup for people already registered will be available at the
● Friday, Oct. 6: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Promenade Mall in Temecula
● Saturday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Murrieta Town Square Park
Tony Shin with KNBC-TV will help kick off the race Sunday and serve as emcee for a “Survivor Ceremony.”
Anyone who wants to volunteer or donate funds can do so by going to the affiliate’s Web site: www.komenie.org or calling 951-676-7465. Volunteers are still needed every day up to and including race day.
The Susan G. Komen Inland Empire affiliate needs to raise $500,000 at the event, which helps provide much-needed services locally such as testing, treatment and support for women and men
and their families.
The affiliate keeps 75 percent of its net income in the community to help serve people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties; 25 percent goes toward the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.