Komen Race for the Cure Comes to Athens: What to Know for Race Day


The brick streets of Athens will go pink this Sunday for the first Susan G. Komen Athens Race for the Cure®. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this 5K walk and run will celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their battle and raise funds to fight breast cancer right here in Athens County.

In partnership with the Ohio University School of Nursing, the Race for the Cure is on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Susan G. Komen Columbus has provided $1.5 million in funding for 26 community programs in Central and Southeast Ohio. As of today, the Race for the Cure Athens is 67 percent on the way to meeting its overall fundraising goal of $50,000. Donate or register for the 5K here.

Here are a few tips to make the most of your Race Day here in Athens.

Before the race: The 5K kicks off at noon for runners and at 12:45 for walkers—but get here early! Registration at Walter Fieldhouse begins at 10:00 a.m., and the Expo and SurvivorPalooza areas- which will be located in the Peden Stadium parking lot – will be open then, too. The inspirational opening ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Peden Stadium parking lot. Fuel up for the race at Donkey Coffee, or enjoy brunch made with local ingredients at Village Bakery.

Where to stay: Spend the weekend in Athens! Fall is a gorgeous time to visit. Many Race for the Cure visitors will be staying at local hotels, including the Holiday Inn, Ohio University Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn.

Traveling to Athens: If you are from the Columbus area, the Caravan for the Cure will provide transportation to Athens from Canal Winchester the morning of the race. Reservations are only $5 per seat and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will depart from Walmart in Canal Winchester by 9 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Susan G. Komen Columbus to reserve your spot today.

Where to park: Parking will be easy, with lots available at the Convocation Center, Peden Stadium and Walter Fieldhouse. There will also be parking available in the lots on South Green Drive (because it’s Sunday, a permit is not required to park there).

During the race: There will be no shortage of beautiful scenery along the course! The hills of Southeast Ohio are bursting in fall color, and participants will also enjoy views of the Hocking River and the Ohio University campus. Check out the race course maps before you come!

After the race: After the race, head Uptown for restaurant specials. Grab lunch at Bagel Street Deli or Casa Nueva, and dessert at Fluff Bakery, or toast to ending breast cancer forever with a Jackie O’s brew.

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