BOISE -- The Susan G. Komen 'Race for the Cure' is a yearly event that helps thousands of Idahoans fight breast cancer through research and donations.
Boise's 14th annual Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, May 12th at the Albertson's Headquarters on Parkcenter Blvd.
Race organizers say In 2011, over 16,000 people signed up for the event and pledged to raise money. Their combined efforts brought-in a total of $210,000 to help women in dozens of Idaho communities. In addition to that, participants raised thousands for national breast cancer research.
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What the funds pay for
During the 2010-2011 grant cycle, the Susan G. Komen Boise fund covered more than 1,800 mammograms, 336 diagnostic exams, provided gas cards, grocery cards, and other supplies for 115 patients, and provided breast health education and information for over 6,100 women in Idaho.
2012 Race for the Cure schedule of events
6:30 - 8:00 a.m. Race day parking*
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Race day registration
7:30 a.m. Survivor tent opens
7:30 a.m. Sponsor booths Open
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Team pictures**
7:45 a.m. Jazzercise warm-Up
8:00 a.m. Awards announcements at start line
8:30 a.m. Race start***
10:15 a.m. Survivor parade
10:30 a.m. Survivor photo at the stage
*Entrants must be in the parking lot before 8am.
** Organizers say you should schedule a time to meet your team for a picture at the teams booth in the expo area.
*** Those is the 5k Run/Walk Race must line-up facing east on Parkcenter Blvd. Those in the one-mile run/walk must line-up at the west parking lot entrance to the Albertson’s Headquarters.
Organizers say Parkcenter Blvd. from Beacon Street to Mallard Street will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 12th
That's why particpants are encouraged to take a free shuttle to the race area if possible. However, because the number of shuttles are limited, organizers say folks should arrive at the shuttle pick-up areas early. Shuttles are first-come, first-served.
Shuttle locations include:
1. Parkcenter/ Southshore Albertson’s east lot - 909 East Parkcenter Blvd., Boise
2. Ram Restaurant and Brewery– 709 E Park Blvd., Boise
3. Boise Outlets - 6806 S Eisenman Rd., Boise (from 7 - 7:45 a.m.).
4. Western Idaho Fairgrounds - 5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID (from 7 - 7:45 a.m.).
Parking lots near the site include:
1. Washington Group Plaza - 720E Park Blvd., Boise
2. Survivors/handicap parking will be available at the old Oreida building parking lot at 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd. These spots are first-come, first-served, and because of the road closure, won't allow exit until the event ends.
* Organizers say the top ten fundraising teams will earn two VIP parking spots in the teams tailgate area.
Changes for 2012
Jennifer Poole is the Mission Manager for the Boise affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She expects just as many pink-clad participants to flood Parkcenter Blvd. this year. However, Poole says new for 2012, her organization is planning one major safety change.
"The biggest change people would notice is there's a hard closure on the roads," Poole told KTVB.
That's because in years past, race officials have closed Parkcenter Blvd. 15 to 20 minutes before the race began. Organizers say that's when thousands of people traditionally begin to make their way into the street to start the race. So to better protect those racers from traffic, they now plan to close the road at 6 a.m. this year, and say the closure will remain until the race has wrapped-up around Noon.
Organizers continue to encourage racers to park off-site, and shuttle or walk to the start line.
Another notable change for the event is how the money participants raise will be distributed.
Poole says in years past, the Boise affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation served 19 counties in the western half of Idaho, while the Coeur d'Alene Affiliate served five counties in the northern part of the state. Poole says in April, both affiliates were combined, and will now by known as the Idaho Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or "Komen Idaho."
The Coeur d'Alene 'Race for the Cure' event is currently scheduled for September 23rd.
Poole says the big move also absorbed four counties in the Lewiston area that haven't historically had any access to Race for the Cure funds.
Does that mean that money raised locally won't stay local?
Poole says while organizers say they're still trying to sort out those details, she assures supporters that cash raised in their communities will be evenly distributed throughout both heavily populated and rural areas across the state.
"At this point, the funds from the Boise race will stay in the Boise area," Poole told KTVB.
Rural needs in breast cancer detection
Race for the Cure organizers say funds raised at the event are critically important for breast cancer detection throughout the state, but especially in rural Idaho.
According to the National Cancer Center, 20 percent of women in Idaho above the age if 18 don't have insurance to pay for mammograms. Poole says many of those women are in rural Idaho where quality medical care can be two or more hours away by car.
Poole says the same statistics also show that Idaho currently ranks dead last among states when it comes to the number of women over the age of forty who have had mammograms in the last two years.
For more information, please visit the website for the Boise affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.