Race for the Cure to be in Athens

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The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is making its way right here in Athens this fall.

The race will take place Sunday, October, 25th along Ohio University’s campus. The Walter field house will serve as an expo center for registration and a variety of activities.

The Columbus Komen Race for the Cure partnered with Ohio University’s School of Nursing to kick off the event.

The Komen Columbus serves 30 counties in Ohio and after years of research, the organization saw a need to raise awareness for Southeastern Ohio.

“Southeastern Ohio residents face numerous barriers to breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment,” Katie Carter, Komen Columbus Executive Director said. “One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from Southeastern Ohio. The Komen Athens Race for the Cure will raise awareness and funds to make breast cancer detection and care more accessible to women who live in these counties.”

There are currently eight counties in this region, which include Jackson, Perry, Pike, Hocking, Morgan, Monroe, Vinton, and Noble without a cancer treatment center.

The Susan G. Komen Columbus has funded more than $4.5 million in community programs to help find cures and treatment for the Southeast region since 2000. Komen Columbus also partners with Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to provide free screenings for women.

“Southeastern Ohio has really high incidents of breast cancer and there’s a lot of reasons why women aren’t getting screenings and the proper treatment or they’re simply not aware of breast cancer and their own risks so there’s a lot of reasons that really made us feel strongly of why we need to be in this area,” Becca Thomas, Komen Columbus director of events said.

Registration fees will be $25 for adults, $20 for breast cancer survivors, $15 for students, $10 for children, and $5 for babies.

“We encourage everyone to register, form a team, and start fundraising to get really involved,” Thomas said.

Registration information is available at