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Race for the Cure keeps growing

Tuesday, April 04, 2000

By Brenden Sager, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Correction/Clarification: (Published April 5, 2000) A story yesterday on the Race for the Cure listed only a $30 entry fee. That fee is paid only on race day, May 14. Applicants pay $10 if registering by mail or on-line by April 28. There is a $20 fee if you register in person from noon to 8 p.m. May 9 or 10 at JC Penney stores in Century III, Ross Park, Monroeville and Westmoreland malls; at the Great Southern Shopping Center; the University of Pittsburgh Forbes Quadrangle; or Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown.


The ranks are swelling again for this year's Race for the Cure on May 14, with organizers expecting about 30,000 participants and up to 800 volunteers.

 
Marguerite Mazurana of O'Hara gets a hug from her daughter after last year's race. (Robin Rombach, Post-Gazette) 

And there's always room for more in what has become the largest foot race in the state, according to its organizers.

The eighth annual Pittsburgh race, held on Mother's Day, has raised more than $3.5 million for breast cancer research and programs. Organizers expect to raise $630,000 this year. Most of that money stays in the region for projects such as the Mammogram Voucher Program, which benefits under-insured and uninsured women in 22 Western Pennsylvania counties.

The race is more of an event than an athletic competition, said Laurie Moser, executive director. People whose lives have been affected by the disease have a chance to be recognized and offer support to others.

The event includes a 5-kilometer run/walk and a one-mile run in Schenley Park. It is locally organized by the National Council of Jewish Women.

Moser said the race is growing for two reasons. First, more women are surviving breast cancer. In 1993, the first year the race was held here, a woman died every 11 minutes from the disease. Now, that rate has slowed to one every 12 minutes.

More survivors are showing up, and bringing friends and family with them. More men are coming to offer support, as well.



Entry fee for the race is $30 on race day. You can register on May 14 from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Registration continues until 8:15 a.m. Applicants pay $10 if registering by mail or on-line by April 28. There is a $20 fee if you register in person from noon to 8 p.m. May 9 or 10 at JC Penney stores in Century III, Ross Park, Monroeville and Westmoreland malls; at the Great Southern Shopping Center; the University of Pittsburgh Forbes Quadrangle; or Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown.

T-shirts and race packs are guaranteed to the first 30,000 participants, but may not be available on race day. Aerobic warm-ups begin at 7:15 a.m. on Flagstaff Hill. There are staggered starts for different events and participant groups.

Free parking will be available at some University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University lots and at the Carnegie Museum. Shuttles run between the lots and the race site between 6:30 and 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 412-521-CURE or on the Internet, visit race4cure.lm.com.



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