For the first time last year, I hopped that giant pink train known as the Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure as it chugged its way through downtown Austin.
I’m heading back this Sunday, because I really hate cancer (my dad recently died of non-smoker’s lung cancer) and I figure I can channel that hate into a good workout. It’s inspiring to see cancer survivors out walking or running. Also, it’s going to be nippy, and that makes me run faster.
I hope you decide to run, too. Numbers are down. As of this morning, only 7,343 people had registered for the event, which includes both a 5K run, either timed or untimed, and a 1-mile family fun walk. Last year about 14,000 people ran. This year’s goal is to raise $1 million locally, but so far only $258,316 has been raised.
If you’re thinking about running, register now. If you sign up before 9 a.m. Wednesday, you’ll get $5 off registration for the Nov. 16 race.
The timed race starts at 7:15 a.m., but if you don’t care about speed, you can register as an untimed runner and begin your run (or walk) anytime between 7:30 and 9 a.m. The start line is located between 17th and 18th streets on Congress Avenue. and there’s a special tent where survivors can enjoy a free breakfast buffet and camaraderie.
To avoid congestion, I plan to ride my bike down. I did that last year, and was able to lock it safely in a parking garage just a few blocks from the start.
Entry fee is $50 for timed adults for either distance; $45 for untimed adults, $40 for timed children and $35 for untimed child. (Prices go up $5 at 10 p.m. Friday). Don’t want to run? You can still participate. Register to “sleep in,” and it’ll set you back $50. Runners are encouraged to raise money, too.
Komen Austin operates as its own 501c3 non-profit organization, and 75 percent of the funds it raises stay in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The money funds screenings, diagnosis, treatment and care of uninsured individuals. The other 25 percent funds national research.