After a decade in Hunt Valley, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will return to Baltimore to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
This year, instead of running a route past Hunt Valley Towne Center and southward on York Road, thousands of participants will travel a more scenic stretch starting from the McHenry Row shopping center in South Baltimore and through nearby Fort McHenry.
The breast cancer research and awareness nonprofit’s Maryland chapter announced the big move today at an event featuring Mayor Catherine Pugh, an avid runner herself, as well as Councilman Eric Costello, developer Mark Sapperstein and board member and breast cancer survivor Valencia McClure.
Susan G. Komen Maryland spokeswoman Kim Schmulowitz said Monday afternoon that the organization had heard from Baltimoreans asking when Komen Maryland would finally return its largest annual fundraiser to the city.
The Race for the Cure began at Rash Field in Locust Point in 1993 and later moved to M&T Bank Stadium, but uprooted to move to Hunt Valley in 2007. For the 25th annual race this October, the organization figured it was time to return to the city, Schmulowitz said.
“Baltimore has changed a lot in the last 10 years. There are a lot of new developments and exciting things happening,” she said.
Since 1993, Komen Maryland has raised nearly $39 million for breast cancer research and local breast health programs.
This year’s fundraising target is $850,000. The organization is eyeing a turnout of about 8,000 participants.
Schmulowitz said the group’s most loyal supporter base is still located north of Baltimore City. “We certainly want to keep them,” but they’re hoping to gain more participants from less-tapped areas like Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as southwest Baltimore County, she said.
The move will bring the race back to a city that Komen Maryland has identified as an “area of risk” for late-stage breast cancer diagnosis. Baltimore has experienced an annual seven-percent increase in late-stage diagnosis during the last five years, according to the organization.
Maryland as a whole has the sixth-highest breast cancer death rate in the country, the group says.
Komen Maryland is now working on getting sponsors for the event. In the past, Baltimore Gas and Electric, the Baltimore Sun and Transamerica have sponsored Race for the Cure. Schmulowitz also said the group plans to partner up with some of the businesses in McHenry Row.
The Race for the Cure is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15. The event will include a 5K run, a 5K walk and a one-mile family walk. Participants can register here.
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