Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure® Celebrates 25th Anniversary Event Virtually

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Susan G. Komen


Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure® Celebrates 25th Anniversary Event Virtually
Registration opens January 7


Research Triangle Park, NC (Jan. 7, 2021) – The 25th annual Susan G. Komen® Triangle Race for the Cure, presented locally by Duke Cancer Institute, will take place as a virtual fundraising event on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Race for the Cure in the Triangle and those who have ensured the event’s longevity and success, including longtime partners like Duke Cancer Institute, is top-of-mind for organizers. Plans to honor the event founders are in the works along with a tribute slideshow of past event footage and photos.

“Our goal at this year’s Triangle Race for the Cure is to raise $550,000,” said Lori McLean, Race Chair and 4-year breast cancer survivor. “The Race, which is Komen’s signature fundraiser, supports Komen’s ongoing commitment to support breast cancer patients, fund critical research, and drive public policy.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Race for the Cure will be virtual again this year. After a postponement in May of 2020, the event organizers held a virtual event on Facebook Live in September and raised over $500,000. Many teams and individuals logged their 3.1 miles and submitted photos from their neighborhoods, parks, and even beaches as part of the #RaceWhereYouAre campaign in 2020. Organizers are hoping to see the same enthusiasm this year.

“The health and safety of our passionate supporters, many of which are undergoing breast cancer treatment or living with the disease, is our top priority,” said Marisa Madia, Development Manager, NCTC at Susan G. Komen. “We look forward to engaging participants in virtual activities and programs, including a scavenger hunt, pet photo contest, networking opportunities for breast cancer survivors, and more over the next few months in preparation for our 25th anniversary celebration on May 1st.”

The Race Day program will again be hosted via Facebook Live and will include a survivor/thriver meet-up, recognition of top fundraising individuals and teams, messages of support from community partners, and a live warm-up to send participants off on their remote 5K routes.

“I’m excited to walk with my team in our neighborhood again this year,” adds McLean, team captain of Lori’s Boobie Bunch. “While nothing beats the camaraderie of the Race and having thousands of supporters come together for the same cause, I’m glad we can continue our fight from home.”

Fundraising events like the Triangle Race for the Cure are vital in continuing breast cancer research, including at leading institutions in the Triangle region, along with important patient support such as the Komen Helpline, Treatment Assistance Program, and African-American Health Equity Initiative.

With the Race being virtual, individuals and companies are encouraged to register, start a team, set a fundraising goal, and invite their networks to participate wherever they are. Fundraising challenges will take place throughout the Race season and provide a fun way for companies, families, and community organizations to stay connected while supporting Susan G. Komen’s mission remotely.

For more information or to register, visit


About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen ® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support, and empower people with trustworthy information. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.