By SAMANTHA HEARN
Registration is open for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Brentwood’s Maryland Farms.
This year it will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, with the Race Village opening at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 9 a.m. The fundraising goal this year is $600,000, and so far they’re at about 45 percent with just over $267,000 raised.
The Race for the Cure is Komen’s largest annual fundraiser and brings in nearly $1 million for local screenings, treatment and education. Each year the Race brings more than 20,000 people to Maryland Farms including competitive runners, families, survivors, co-survivors, researchers and physicians.
The course includes a 5K as well as a 1K fun run/walk. There are also family activities like corn hole, princess pictures, hula hooping, Zumba and face painting.
100 percent of the net proceeds are allocated to the Susan G. Komen mission and 75 percent stays in the community to fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment.
Several road closures will happen on the day of the race, and Komen asks that participants please try to enter from Old Hickory Boulevard rather than Franklin Road to access most of the lots. There will be no parking at the Tennessee Baptist Convention Building or at the Hill Center.
Maryland Way will be closed from East Park Drive to Ward Circle from 4 a.m. to noon. Brentwood Blvd. will be closed from Cadillac Drive to Maryland Way from 4 a.m. to noon. Cadillac Drive from Creekside Crossing to Brentwood Blvd. will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
Ward Circle, Maryland Way, Virginia Way, Peter Taylor Park, Penn Warren Drive and Cadillac Drive will all close at 8 a.m. and will open as participants clear the area around 11 a.m.
Granny White Pike from Virginia Way to Maryland Way will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and two-way traffic will be detoured through the turning lane when possible during the closure.
Traffic will not be allowed into the Maryland Farms area once the race event has started. Police will be at all intersections to ensure the safety of the event and to direct vehicles to a different location.
The race itself will begin on Cadillac Drive near Andrews Cadillac. The race will go west on Cadillac Drive and turn left onto Penn Warren Drive. It will then turn right onto Maryland Way and travel west on that road to Granny White Pike, using the west bound lanes of Maryland Way only. It will turn left onto Granny White Pike and left again onto Virginia Way.
The race will continue east on Virginia Way to Winners Circle and turn left onto Winners Circle. From there it will continue on Winners Circle to turn right on Maryland Way. It will continue on Maryland Way and turn right onto Westwood Place. From there it will turn left onto Virginia Way and continue east to Ward Circle. It will then continue east to turn right on Maryland Way and will end in front of the Maryland Farms YMCA.
Individuals can register as well as teams. Participants have the option to start a new team or join an existing team.
Registration fees at this point are $45 for adults, $25 for youth ages 5-12, free for children under five. All participants will receive a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure t-shirt. If you bring your dog, you must register it and pay a $10 fee.
Online registration for the Race is open and available at www.komennashville.org.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @samanthahearn.