Thousands to race for breast cancer cureWritten by Scott McKimmy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Roughly 15,000 to 20,000 people, many donning bright, pink shirts, will run or walk through Downtown Toledo on Sept. 30 to support a cause near and dear to them. They’re breast cancer survivors or family and friends participating in the 14th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Only survivors are permitted to wear pink.
The event begins at 9 a.m. near Fifth Third Field, circumventing the ballpark on Lafayette, Summit, Bush and Huron streets. The roads will be closed at 7 a.m. and re-open after the race. Post-race activities include the awards ceremony for timed participants, the Kids Run and Kids for the Cure activities in the stadium’s outfield picnic area.
Linda Hoetzl, 2007 chair of the event, is leading the coordination of a “smooth, successful and safe” race, she said. She became involved 13 years ago as a Girl Scouts leader looking for a service project for her den. Though not a survivor, she explained, she’s been devoted to the organization out of passion, committing about 20 hours per week and rising through the ranks as a volunteer coordinator and co-chair.
“Komen likes you to work a position for a couple years, then try something else and try something else,” Hoetzl
said. “And it seems like every time I tried something else, it was a little more involved, a little more work.
“It’s not quite a full-time job, but my husband would argue otherwise.”
The Komen Race for the Cure represents the largest nongovernmental funding arm for breast cancer research, according to Hoetzl, which has expanded domestically as far as Puerto Rico and internationally to Germany and Italy, where she hopes to attend one day.
She also serves as an office coordinator for the Junior League of Toledo.
“It’s a lot of work; there are wonderful committee members that put a lot of time in for the race,” Hoetzl said. “And when you see the start line and you see the sea of pink shirts as the survivors start running and the walkers and all of the families and all of the activities, it’s an awesome event.”
Walk-in registrations will be available Sept. 27 through Sept. 29 at Brondes Ford on Conant Street in Maumee.
For more information or to register, visit
www.komennwohio.org or call (419) 824-1789.