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Nancy Meza, 28, Maria Marin, 32, Jenny Soto, 32, and Margarita Soto, 33, left to right, skip up Congress Avenue during the 2014 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. This year's run is set for Sept. 25. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Nancy Meza, 28, Maria Marin, 32, Jenny Soto, 32, and Margarita Soto, 33, left to right, skip up Congress Avenue during the 2014 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. This year’s run is set for Sept. 25. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

 

A river of pink will swirl through downtown Austin this Sunday.

The 18th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure takes place Sept. 25. Proceeds from the event help pay for screenings, treatment, follow-up care and survivorship support to those fighting breast cancer.

Participants can choose from a timed or untimed 5K, or an untimed 1-mile route. The timed race starts at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue. Untimed runners and walkers will start at 7:30 a.m.

Entry fee is $45 for the adult timed race or $35 for the untimed race (students $30, children $25, babies $10, cancer survivors $25). Rather stay in bed? The Sleep in for the Cure costs $75. Register here.

Members of the McNeil high school dance team, Majestics and Sapphires, cheer on participants during the 2014 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Members of the McNeil high school dance team, Majestics and Sapphires, cheer on participants during the 2014 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Of the money raised through the, 75 percent stays in Austin to fund community health care grants and educational initiatives; the rest supports national research to find treatment and cures for breast cancer. As of Monday morning, local race organizers had raised about $165,000 – just a third of their $500,000 fund-raising goal.

It’s not all about the race, either. Look for the Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo, a Memory Wall where participants can leave a message for loved ones, and a Survivor & Fighter Tent offering massages and a photo booth.


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