BANGOR, Maine — The Race for the Cure is expected to draw about 5,000 participants to the waterfront Sunday to raise money for breast cancer research.
Main Street between Cedar and Buck streets will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the crowd. Other streets along the route will be closed at various times during the race as participants reach those sections of the course.
The event will begin on Front Street near the Sea Dog Brewing Co., proceed to May and Summer streets, then turn onto Main Street at Cedar Street. Runners and walkers will turn right onto Lincoln Street, then left onto Webster Avenue and left again on Buck Street before heading back up Main Street to Railroad Street.
This will be the 13th time and the last year the race will be held only in Bangor. Next year, races will be held in Portland and Bangor on the same day.
“The race has broken attendance and revenue records its last three years,” Sally Bilancia, executive director of the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said in a news release, “but the key to future growth for this event will be making it accessible to the people of southern Maine.
“We have received numerous requests over the years from those wanting to start or participate in a Portland Race for the Cure event. We are thrilled to be able to deliver this opportunity in 2010.”
Last year, the Bangor race drew more than 4,600 participants and raised some $269,000.
Registration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Bangor Mall and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday before the race begins at 10 a.m. Participants may choose between running or walking a 5K course or participating in the shorter 1K fun walk.
For the safety of participants, inline skates, skateboards and bicycles are prohibited from the event. Walkers and runners with baby strollers and joggers are asked to join the race at the end to avoid injury to participants and interference with timed runners.
Participants have been asked to park in the city’s parking garage.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1982 and launched the global breast cancer movement, according to Bilancia. Today, the organization is the world’s largest grass-roots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize scientists to find a cure.
For information, visit www.komenmaine.com.
Race for the Cure Schedule
Sunday, Sept 20
7:30 a.m. — Registration opens
9 a.m. — Survivor ceremony
9:30 a.m. — Registration closes
9:45 a.m. — Warm-up
10 a.m. — 5K Run and Walk begins
10:15 a.m. — 1K Fun Walk begins
11:30 a.m. — 5K Run award ceremony