JERSEY CITY, NJ - Susan G. Komen North Jersey is gearing up for its 12th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park on May 5.
The money raised at this event will fund life-saving breast health and breast cancer programs in nine North Jersey counties, as well as breakthrough national research programs searching for the causes and cures to put an end to breast cancer.
Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop will be offering his support to Survivors and Forever Fighters (those battling Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer) for the annual Survivor Procession and Ceremony. Fulop will also cut the ribbon to kick off the 5K Timed Race and Fun Run.
“I am honored to be part of Komen North Jersey’s mission to engage in the fight against breast cancer on all fronts,” Fulop said. “This organization is improving access to quality and timely breast cancer care right here in North Jersey, providing support and guidance to countless individuals and families, and is passionately committed to its work. I look forward to an incredible day at the Race for the Cure in our very own Liberty State Park as we come together to fight breast cancer and save lives.”
This year’s Race is expected to attract nearly 2,500 people from across the tri-state region, including hundreds of survivors. Putting survivorship front-and-center - recognizing and remembering those who have fought, or who are still fighting breast cancer every day of their lives - has long been the signature of the Komen North Jersey Race.
Survivors, Forever Fighters and their guests will take in an array of activities designed to enhance their Race Day experience: access to an exclusive Survivor/VIP Tent, a hot breakfast, mini-makeovers, door prizes, giveaways, commemorative Survivor and Forever Fighter Medals and T-Shirts and more.
“Our annual Race for the Cure is so much more than a walk and a run,” Kelly E. Nagle, Executive Director of Komen North Jersey, said. “We celebrate and remember those who have fought breast cancer, and those who are still fighting. We share our stories, and our trials, and find comfort. We laugh and we cry. But mostly, the day is about HOPE. Hope that by fighting together as hard as we all do, by raising funds, we can save lives. And we can move that bar closer to the end of breast cancer. We are truly grateful to Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City, our sponsors and everyone who will be joining us on Race Day in support our mission.”
WABC-TV Eyewitness News reporter Anthony Johnson returns as Master of Ceremonies.
Johnson’s voice will be guiding runners, walkers and guests through the highlights: a 5K Fun Walk, USATF 5K Timed Run and the emotionally moving Survivor Procession and Celebration. Other not-to-miss activities include a Wellness Village with information, giveaways and more, a Kids for the Cure Scavenger Hunt, music by local band Running Late, and a performance by the Lois Allen School of the Dance.
The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure is generously sponsored by Local Presenting Sponsor ShopRite; Platinum Sponsors TAPinto and Newport Centre-a Simon Mall; Local Survivor Sponsor RWJBarnabas Health; Official Transportation Sponsor NY Waterway; Gold Sponsors BERGEN Magazine, Morris/Essex Health & Life, and Outfront Media; Silver Sponsors Atlantic Health System, Jersey’s BEST, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Social Media Street Team Sponsor Summit Medical Group; and Bronze Sponsors BD, CYACYL, Mack-Cali, and Novartis.
For more information, to register for the 12th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, or make a donation to help Komen North Jersey FIGHT BREAST CANCER, visit www.KomenNorthJersey.org/Race, call 908-277-2904, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 a.m. -- All activities open: Registration, Packet Pickup, Survivor Tent, Komen Moment Photo Tent, Wellness Village, Kids’ Zone and more
9:20 a.m. -- Survivor/Forever Fighter Procession
9:30 a.m. -- Survivor/Forever Fighter Ceremony
10 a.m. -- RUN: 5K Official USATF Timed Run BEGINS
10:10 a.m. -- WALK: 5K Fun Walk BEGINS
11 a.m. -- Presentation of Runners’ Awards Ceremony
11:30 a.m. -- RACE ACTIVITIES END