HOUSTON – The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness month by hosting one of the largest foot races in the Bayou City, the 23rd annual Komen Race for the Cure®, Saturday, October 5th in downtown Houston.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised through the annual Race for the Cure® stays in the Houston community to fund innovative breast health and breast cancer research, screening, treatment, education and support programs. The remaining 25 percent goes toward groundbreaking national breast cancer research programs, including vital research being done right here in the Bayou City.

This year’s Race, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation, hopes to raise $4 million to fund research, education, screening and treatment here in Southeast Texas.

The 2013 Race for the Cure® route is a USATF 5K course with both running and walking events including a 5K timed competitive run; a 5K timed non-competitive run; a 5K walk and family walk. There will be a Family Walk and Kids K, which is about a 1/2 mile, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco.

Participants unable to attend the main Race can opt to register for Sleep in for the Cure® to show their support for the cause without having to wake up early on Race Day.

For more information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, to schedule interviews with survivors and co-survivors or to obtain photos, please contact Alexandra Carreno at 602-418-0144 or alexandra@loveadv.com.



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