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story.lead_photo.caption People examine the breast cancer awareness art hanging at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council's ArtSpark in Texarkana, Texas. Photo by Hunt Mercier / Texarkana Gazette.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Texarkana is right around the corner.

Teams are getting their pink gear ready to join together in the fight against breast cancer.

Race for the Cure raises money for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer as well as research.

Organizers are hoping for 5,000 participants at this year's event.

Race for the Cure has always been a popular event in Texarkana with the number of people attending comparable to what would be seen in much larger cities. In part, its popularity is due to the emotion that flows at the event.

"For me it's special because you are able to see all the people who are there honoring and remembering those they loved," said Amber Lawrence, southwest region director for Susan G. Komen Arkansas. "It is an emotion-filled day with happy and sad tears. There are stories of triumph and heartache. But what I see is support and strength in all of that. I see strangers hugging and showing support. Our event is filled with lots of love and warm moments."

 

Breast cancer survivors are at the heart of Race for a Cure.

"You'll find an incredible community of survivors, those living with metastatic breast cancer and those who support them at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Survivors and co-survivors gather to celebrate and support one another in an atmosphere of genuine camaraderie. It is their inspiring spirit that energizes us to continue to fight to end breast cancer forever and their fundraising efforts that encourage other participants to be more than pink," according to the Komen website.

 

Organizers hope to raise $350,000 with this year's race.

"Every year we take the funds raised and grant those out to local non-profits in our service area that meet our Breast Care Criteria. Those programs help to educate, screen and provide diagnostic testing to uninsured and underinsured individuals. We also have a treatment assistance program. The funds raised support local breast health programs to navigate women through the continuum of care," Lawrence said.

 

Race for the cure wouldn't be possible without help from volunteers and businesses in the community.

"We start preparing in March for the October event. Our committee volunteers are definitely dedicated. Some weeks require hours and hours of their volunteer time. It is months of preparing and I feel like it takes a piece from everyone in Texarkana and the surrounding areas to make it all happen. That is the greatest part — the support you receive and everyone that is willing to pitch in to make a difference," Lawrence said.

 

Registration:

Registration is available at Central Mall through Oct. 15. After that date it will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the TISD Sullivan Performing Arts Center, 3941 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas. The cost to register is $25 per person. There will be a $10 late registration fee added to the price on race day.

Learn more about supporting Komen Texarkana by visiting KomenArkansas.org, then click the Texarkana Race.

 

Race Day information:

Registration will be available on race day at the caboose on Wood and Broad streets. There is an extra $10 fee for late registration, except for survivors.

Restrooms and first aid stations will be available at the Front Street race grounds.

Bicycles and inline skates are prohibited.

Dogs allowed. One dog will be allowed to register with an adult participant for $10. Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided and a release form must be signed by the adult participant. A Dogs for the Cure table will be available next to the registration table on Wood & Broad streets.

n People who walk with strollers, wagons or dogs are asked to position themselves at the starting line behind all other walkers.

There will be water stops located at Fifth and Pecan, as well as the Front Street race grounds.

Information tents and lost and found are located at the Front Street race grounds.

 

Race Day Schedule:

7 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Late registration/packet pick up

7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. — Top team fundraisers and sponsors will be treated to breakfast.

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. — Team pictures

8:30 a.m. — Survivor Picture and opening ceremonies

9 a.m. — 5K run/walk. Competitive runners begin at the front and all other participants will start behind them. The start and finish line is on Front Street

10:30 a.m. — Closing ceremonies take place at the Front Street stage and the team awards will be given out.

10:30 a.m. — Survivor brunch/closing ceremonies take place a Beech Street Baptist Church. Survivors and bring one guest each.

 

Parking and shuttle information:

Parking is limited in Downtown Texarkana and streets will close at 8:30 a.m. There are a limited number of handicapped-accessible spaces available on Broad Street and between Wood and Olive streets.

Park and Ride will be available from:

Razorback Stadium

Wadley parking lots on Texas Boulevard and the Professional Office Building lots

Beech Street Baptist Church, St. Edwards Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church.

Survivor parking will be available in the Regions Bank Building parking lot.

 

Fundraising Information:

There are online fundraising tools available that teams and individuals can use. Once someone is registered, they automatically receive their own fundraising website which can be personalized. A person's website is the starting point for getting the word out about Race for the Cure.

 

Mail-in fundraising forms must be received by Oct. 17 for donations to be credited toward your fundraising goal. Any forms received after that date will be counted as general event donations. Forms should be mailed to: Texarkana Race for the Cure, 2801 Richmond Road PMB 164, Texarkana, Texas 75503.

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