Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

Sun May 13, 2018 Directions
FAQs

Please note, our Race will happen rain or shine—and thankfully the forecast is turning in our favor!

What does my Race registration entitle me to?

Adults and children who are registered for the Race will receive our commemorative 2018 T-shirt (while supplies last, preferred size not guaranteed). Survivors and Forever Fighters receive both a 2018 T-shirt and special pink survivor shirt.  All registrants will receive a runner/walker bib and as well as access to:

  • NEW THIS YEAR—Everyone who registers receives a $5 Aldi coupon! Register a family of 4 and save $20 at Aldi. (at participating locations; while supplies last)
  • Our Race Day Sponsors Expo: Dozens and dozens of local businesses and hospitals offering powerful information, fun activities and great giveaways.
  • Post-Race breakfast in the Wawa Tent: Register for the Race and cross the finish line then enjoy our traditional Wawa breakfast. It includes baked goods, fruit, drinks and more. Show your bib for entrance into a special registrants-only breakfast experience. 
  • Dietz & Watson’s Pretty In Pig Showcase: Empty your pockets of all your spare cash and change, and watch it add up... for the cure! Plus, Dietz & Watson will be grilling tasty treats.
  • CBS 3 Fun Tent: Filled with great opportunities to interact with your favorite on-air personalities.
  • Online Fundraiser Center: For team building and fundraising.

The full schedule of Race Day events can be found here. Also become familiar with our Race site map.

Once I register, how do I get started with personal fundraising and/or change my personal race information such as T-shirt size?

We have a video for all this and more!  Check out our menu of how-to videos and bookmark the link for future reference. If you still need assistance email Race@KomenPhiladelphia.org or call 215-238-8900.

What is available to me as a breast cancer survivor on Race day?

In addition to the general benefits listed above, register as a survivor and receive:

  • Entry for you plus one guest for the ShopRite Supermarkets Survivor & Sponsor Breakfast 
  • 2018 Race T-shirt plus a pink Survivor T-shirt and a pink runner/walker bib
  • The opportunity to participate in the Survivors Parade of Pink and Purple
  • Admission into our exclusive experience for survivors and Forever Fighters
  • One entry into our Survivor Prize Drawing (must be present at 9:45 a.m. during the Awards & Celebration ceremonies to win). Grand Prize includes a 92.5XTU prize pack with 2 tickets to Miranda Lambert, The Bandwagon Tour at BB&T Arena and studio sit-in with the XTU Morning Crew, New Balance gift card and Toppers Spa/Salon gift certificate. Runner-up prize includes a WOGL FM prize pack with studio sit-in with the Breakfast Club, New Balance gift card and Toppers Spa/Salon gift certificate. 

What is available to me as a Forever Fighter (living with metastatic breast cancer) on Race day?

In addition to the general benefits listed above, register as a Forever Fighter and receive:

  • Entry for you plus one guest for the ShopRite Supermarkets Survivor & Sponsor Breakfast
  • Admission into our exclusive experience for Forever Fighters and breast cancer survivors
  • Special recognition with your fellow Forever Fighters during our opening ceremonies and Parade of Pink and Purple
  • 2018 Race T-shirt plus a pink Survivor T-shirt and a pink runner/walker bib
  • One entry into our Survivor Prize Drawing (must be present at 9:45 a.m. during the Awards & Celebration ceremonies to win). Grand Prize includes a 92.5XTU prize pack with 2 tickets to Miranda Lambert, The Bandwagon Tour at BB&T Arena and studio sit-in with the XTU Morning Crew, New Balance gift card and Toppers Spa/Salon gift certificate. Runner-up prize includes a WOGL FM prize pack with studio sit-in with the Breakfast Club, New Balance gift card and Toppers Spa/Salon gift certificate. 

Please note: To be part of the Forever Fighter experience, you must be registered for the Race and indicate that you are a “Forever Fighter” (living with metastatic breast cancer) during the registration process.

Do I have to register to support the Race?

If you plan on attending the event, YES.  Registration fees are needed to cover the cost of materials and services for Race day. Fundraising monies and donations are used for our community programs.

If you do not plan on attending, you can still support the Race and receive your commemorative T-shirt via one of three ways:

  1. Have it sent to you by paying the optional shipping & handling when you register.
  2. Pick it up when you register at one of our in-person events.
  3. Register for Sleep In for the Cure® (see below).

PLUS, everyone can support the Race by making donations to the Race and/or in support of registered participants, as well as by purchasing tickets for our Chapman Auto Stores new-car raffle.

What if I cannot attend the Race on Mother’s Day?

Back by popular demand, our 2018 Race offers Sleep In for the Cure®, a great way for you to be part of our Race family and support the cause. Anyone can register for Sleep In for the Cure—whether you live in the area but will be out of town on Mother’s Day, or whether you live halfway-across the globe but want to virtually join loved ones in Philadelphia supporting our cause! As a Sleep In for the Cure supporter, you’ll have your Race number and T-shirt mailed to you (cost already included in event price). This way you can wear your Race T-shirt wherever you are, whenever you want, to start the conversation about breast cancer with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers.... everyone! As a Sleep In for the Cure supporter, we also encourage you to use our online fundraising tools to help us reach our Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026.

Should I register my children for the Race?

Absolutely! We offer a special registration rate for children 12 and under. Registering your child(ren) allows participation in all of our general Race activities, such as the 5K walk/run PLUS our popular Kids for the Cure Dash to Make a Difference sponsored by Aldi and other kid-friendly entertainment and activities. We also offer youth-size Race T-shirts (while supplies last) so be sure to register as early as possible. Lastly, kids can fundraise too! Every year young people take pride in saving pennies, having lemonade sales, asking friends and families to donate and other creative ways to help support the cause—moreover, their success is making a huge impact on our ability to more save lives!

Am I required to fundraise/donate?

NEW THIS YEAR!

  • Make a donation of $125 during the registration process and enjoy our ice cream social on Race day, courtesy of ShopRite. (deadline is May 7)
  • Register and collect at least $250 in donations and receive our official pink tutu to wear on Race day (fundraising must be submitted by April 15, 2018).

We encourage all participants to raise at least $250. Ask 10 supporters to donate $25, and you’ve done it. If all Race participants step up to this call, just what could be done with the millions of dollars raised for research and community programs impacting the lives of you and your neighbors! Leave no stone unturned and remember these additional tips for success:

  • Utilize employer Matching Gift Programs.
  • Remember: when you ask people to donate you give them an opportunity to increase the number of breast cancer survivors.
  • Customize your fundraiser page to share your story of “Why I Race”.
  • Open your emails from us for additional tips and ideas to ensure your fundraising success, as well as for special opportunities to win prizes and earn rewards for your fundraising achievements.

Where does the money go?

We keep 75 percent of money raised here at home to support our work in 15 counties. We contribute 25 percent to breast cancer research. Some of the ways your fundraising will make an impact through our work include:

  • Free services: mammograms, clinical exams, diagnostic services and treatment
  • Empowerment: education, awareness programs, and emotional and spiritual guidance
  • Support: survivors, co-survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers and the metastatic breast cancer community
  • Research: funding more effective, less invasive treatments, a better understanding of the disease and the search for the cure

Learn more about our mission and the work being done every day.

How do I get my Race T-shirt?

Race T-shirts are available for adult and youth registrants while supplies last (preferred size not guaranteed). You have several options for obtaining your shirt.

Option 1: Opt to have your T-shirt shipped when registering online or by mail. There is a $9 shipping/handling fee per registrant. This is your best chance to receive your preferred T-shirt size.

Option 2: Register and receive it on the spot at one of our in-person events on April 11 and April 14.

Option 3: Pick up your T-shirt on Race weekend and save the $9 shipping/handling fee:

  • Friday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).
  • Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
  • Sunday, May 13, 6:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. at the Race site (Eakins Oval / The Philadelphia Museum of Art)
    • Survivors and Forever Fighters can pick up T-shirts at the Survivors table located at the entrance of the ShopRite Survivor & Sponsor breakfast tent at the base of the Art Museum steps.
    • All others, your pickup station this year is conveniently located in the heart of Eakins Oval!

Make your in-person registration even more convenient by filling out our registration form ahead of time.

Option for teams only: Team captains with teams of 10 or more members can pick up team member T-shirts and Race materials at either of these two team-captain exclusive opportunities:  

  • Friday, April 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Location for both events: Gustine Recreation Center, 4868 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129. Directions.
  • Get additional details on how to take advantage of this opportunity.

Other than my Race T-shirt, how can I get Komen-branded gear to wear on Race-day and year-round?

You can ShopKomen.com 365 days a year! ShopKomen is filled with the perfect apparel and accessories for your participation on Race day, as well to support your Race person fundraising efforts, team fundraisers and much more. There are also great gifts you might want to use to thank large donors or team-members who excel in their Race activities. Moreover, a portion of every ShopKomen purchase made via this link will support the Komen Philadelphia mission. Order now so you can have everything you need in time for Mother’s Day.

Are there materials I can use to help promote the Race?

Download our 2018 Race poster here. Print this poster and display it anywhere you can to help rally supporters for the Race. It's also a great way to start the recruitment process for your Race team or to simply have friends and family members sign up to participate with you. Use the poster at work, school, community rooms in your neighborhood, the gym... anywhere people gather!

How should I get to the Race, where should I park on Race day, where can I stay Race weekend?

  • We encourage the use of public transportation if possible—SEPTA offers special early schedules on Mother’s Day on many regional rail lines. Ask about SEPTA's Independence All-Day Pass that will allow travel on SEPTA vehicles and rails throughout the City for one discounted price!
  • If public transportation is not an option for you, please consider carpooling and utilizing our Park n Ride Shuttle Service for $8 per carload (passes available when you register or via the online store). Please note:
    • Passes must be purchased in-person at Packet Pickup after midnight on Thursday, May 10. 
    • Shuttle Schedule:
      • the last pre-Race shuttle departs the parking area at 7:15am
      • returning shuttles begin at 9am
      • the last post-Race shuttle departs the Race Site at 11:30am
  • TEAM BUS parking is available near the Art Museum. Email Race@KomenPhiladelphia.org
  • Stay overnight to enjoy Mother's Day in Philadelphia: The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown offers special room rates of $159 (single/double room, some restrictions may apply) for Race weekend. View more information and/or book a room(s). Act quickly; rates subject to availability.

Where do I go once I arrive on Race day?

  • If you have not yet registered or need to pick up your T-shirt, your first stop should be the Registration Area, this year conveniently located in the heart of Eakins Oval!
  • Survivors and Forever Fighters can pick up T-shirts at the Survivors table located at the entrance of the ShopRite Survivor & Sponsor breakfast tent at the base of the Art Museum steps.
  • If you’ve received your Race T-shirt prior to Race day, we suggest you arrive at the base of the Art Museum steps no later than 6:45 a.m. for our opening ceremonies and Parade of Pink and Purple—as well as for instructions for getting to the 5K run, 5K walk and 1-mile walk starting points. 

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

This event will occur rain or shine. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds; instead, entry fees will be used as donations to Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia.

What if I get sick or injured at the Race?

First-aid and missing-person services will be available on the north side of Eakins Oval, by Kelly Drive. First-aid will also be available behind the finish line. A Lost & Found for items & personal belongings will be available in the Gear Tent. (locations subject to change)

How do I qualify for an official time and 5K rewards?

With the purchase of the $3.00 optional score tag, everyone can be ‘official’ regardless of your age or pace!  Have your name listed in the official Race results and qualify for prizes by purchasing the optional score tag/timing device for $3.00 when you register. On Race day, you must wear this tag and use the official start and finish lines. Results will be posted on this website on Race day. If you need to purchase a score tag after you have registered, please email us at Race@KomenPhiladelphia.org.

Basic Race Day facts: 

When: Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018
Where: Eakins Oval/Philadelphia Museum of Art
What: A 5K fundraising event to help end breast cancer
Opening Ceremonies: 7:00 a.m.; includes Parade of Pink and Purple
Walk/Run starts:

  • 5K run, 8:15 a.m. 
  • 5K walk, 8:25 a.m.
  • 1-mile walk, 8:25 a.m.
  • Kids for the Cure Dash to Make a Difference, 10:00 a.m. (sponsored by Aldi)