The 25th Anniversary of the Susan G Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure Event, attracted 18,000 people to The Military Park in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. In 2016, Komen expects to have 16 International Races in 9 countries with more than 150 Races globally. Although the International Events are unique in each country, they all share the common goal of a world without breast cancer.
At 7:00am, participants began arriving at the Registration Shelter to check in and pick up their race shirt packets. Survivors then made their way to the Survivors Tent to join in the Pink Parade. At 7:30am the Opening Ceremony caught the attention of all and shortly after the speeches the crowd was encouraged to participate in an Aerobic Warm-Up / Zumba with Cesar Acosta. At 8:50am the Sea of Pink made its way to the start line to get the event on its way.
At 8:00am each booth had approximately 25 volunteers each helping to fill cups with water and stack them on the provided tables. RRT Volunteers manned the two watering stations along the course. One station was about halfway around the course and the other was closer towards the finish line, and placed in a way to provide a last boost to the runners and walkers.
The volunteers divided in half, with one group standing in front of the long tables and handing cups to the runners and the other group behind the tables continuing to fill glasses of water.
Around 9:05am the first station began to see the first competitive runners come past. Around 9:15am the second booth received the same batch of competitive runners. From 9:45am to 10:45am the non-competitive runners / walkers reached the first booth with about 14,000 to 18,000 participants passing during this time. At 11:30am the volunteers packed up both water stations and moved to the main event area to assist in tearing down of the event and picking up of trash. The volunteers were on hand until about 12:30 making short order of the clean up!
The Coordinators were more than appreciative to have an extra 51 RRT Volunteers to help at the event and ensure things ran smoothly. They mentioned that they have worked with many groups before, but never a group like RRT and they hope we can work with them again in the future.
The event was a huge success, raising a total of $894,422.06 at this event to go towards the research and the finding of a cure for breast cancer. Thanks to events like Komen’s Race for the Cure, over $2 billion has been invested in providing life-saving research and treatments for Breast Cancer victims.