Excellent Weather Outlook for Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure®
Wilmington, NC – After weeks of brutal temperatures, winter weather, home-made soups and binge viewing, beautiful weather returns to North Carolina for the Third Annual Susan G. Komen Historic Wilmington Race for the Cure®. Race day forecasts for Saturday, March 7, predict a clear and sunny sky with temperatures in the upper 50s.
Voted America’s best riverfront community by readers of USA Today and 10Best, “the Wilmington race provides a unique combination of history, family travel, and fitness, while supporting a great cause,” noted Pam Kohl, Executive Director of Susan G Komen’s Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. “Participants from 18 states and 50 North Carolina counties attended the inaugural race.”
Seventy-one U.S. Marines and Sailors, all of whom are members of the Single Marine Program, have volunteered to handle logistics for the 2015 Race for the Cure. “The Marines and Sailors are always looking to give back to the community,” said Susan Goodrich, Head of SMP at Camp Lejeune, Camp Johnson, and New River Air Station.
Wilmington’s Race for the Cure® features a timed 5K run, a 5K walk and one-mile walk in the Historic district, preceded by an invigorating Zumba warm-up. Activities include a Kids’ Dash for ages 3-5, a breast cancer survivor’s breakfast, and a survivor’s celebration with a group photo. On-stage entertainment will be provided.
“We’re pleased to share our historic riverside community to support the ongoing battle against breast cancer,” said Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington. “Each year, we witness a tremendous outpouring of love and support for this event from local citizens and people across the nation.
“Marines and Sailors will arrive early in the morning and assist with traffic control, watering stations, the aid station, registration, and any other mission required by race officials,” said SMP Activities Programmer and Coordinator Michelle Dunkle.
Over 50% of the Marine Corps population is single and most are far away from home. “They enjoy getting off base, seeing new places, meeting new people, and making a difference,” said Goodrich.
Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast stay in local communities to support education programs, screenings and treatment programs. The other 25% helps fund Komen’s national research programs.
In 2014, Komen announced more than $2 million in national research grants at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, a total research investment in North Carolina of $31 million since 1982.
Transportation for Marines and Sailors will be provided free of cost by Daniels Tours of Wilmington.
Click here to register for the March 7, 2015 Historic Wilmington Race for the Cure®.