The brick streets of Athens will go pink this Sunday for the second annual 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.
One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year would fill Peden Stadium almost 10 times.
In partnership with the Ohio University School of Nursing as a Pink Glove Partner, the Race for the Cure is on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Since 2000, Susan G. Komen Columbus has funded $5.9 million in breast health programming in Southeast Ohio—and area where the screening rate is lower than in the rest of Komen’s 30-county service area and the U.S.
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 both runners and 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 a local hotel sponsor, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suits, Baymont Inn & Suites, and Fairfield Inn & Suites for a discounted rate. Contact the hotels directly to check for availability.
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.
If you need additional help planning your trip, let us know, and don’t forget to share your race day experience on social media by using #AthensRFTC and #AthensOhio!