Changing Course

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After 19 years of running “Race for the Cure” on Hillsborough Street, the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a change of venue. On June 11, the race will kick off from The Frontier at Research Triangle Park.

“This is a big bold move for us,” says Executive Director Pam Kohl.

She notes that it’s particularly inspiring to set the race in an area that is conducting important research to support cures for breast cancer. The organization is grateful to new local sponsors, including RTI International and K & L Gates, and those who continue to support the cause, such as presenting sponsor Duke Cancer Institute.

Though construction prompted the move to a new location, the change has turned into a great opportunity for the event and organization. Centrally located, Komen hopes to draw more participants from the greater Triangle area, and a larger space for “race city” allows for expanded activities.

For the first time, Komen is offering the Belk Tailgate Zone (which is already sold out), offering participants a 10’ x 10’ footprint to set up tents and spend the day enjoying the event. Twelve food trucks, including Chirba Chirba, Cousin’s Maine Lobster and Two Roosters will be onsite, and three breweries (Carolina Brewery, Nickelpoint and Fortnight) will offer free tastings throughout the day. Music and games, like corn hole and life-size Jenga and Connect Four, for the kids and adults alike. Back by popular demand: the WRAL social inspiration board where tweets and Instagram posts will be displayed live on a large screen.

Organizers have also changed the order of events slightly. The competitive race will still begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Survivor’s Celebration, honoring those who continue to beat the disease.

“We want our survivors, especially anyone who is a survivor for 20 years or more, to line up first and lead the recreation race,” adds Kohl.

You can enter the recreation race up until the day of the event in person and until Thursday, June 9, online. Those who can’t make it at all can still support the effort. “Sleep in for the Cure” allows you to sign up and receive a bib and T-shirt without getting out of bed.

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