Blog : The 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure with the Green Alliance

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Did you know that breast cancer affects one out of every eight women during their lifetime? Each year millions of women and families suffer because of this life-changing disease. The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the renowned Susan G. Komen organization is hosting its annual 5K run/walk on May 10 to raise money for breast cancer survivors and current breast cancer patients. The scenic 3.1 mile race will begin at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

This will be the third Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in New Hampshire. The past two 5K runs have successfully raised more than $300,000 to put towards breast cancer research, screening, treatment and education programs in N.H. and Vt. The Susan G. Komen Affiliate is proud to have four local agencies supporting them with grants this year. The organization is hopeful that they can surpass last year's efforts in terms of both dollars and participants.

The Komen survivor tent, kids tent and sponsorship tent will open at 7:30 a.m. so that runners and walkers can properly rest and fuel up before the race. This year’s breast cancer survivor tent is sponsored by Aptus Risk Solutions, a medical cost consulting organization. This year's overarching theme of the race is "Hope Grows.” Each survivor will get to take home a potted seedling to bring home and care for. The Survivor tent is the Susan G. Komen organization’s way of giving back to those who have fought, or continue to fight, in the battle against breast cancer. There will also be a special raffle for participants at the survivor tent.

“Each year we do this race we hear from more and more women and men about how much they enjoyed it. They like the camaraderie that feel while walking through Portsmouth in the sea of pink,” said Allison Brownell, Co-Chair for the Vt.-N.H. Affiliate.

The coed run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 10:30 a.m. Children under the age of 12 can take part in the “Fun Run” which will occur simultaneously. A 50-yard-dash will take place at 9:45 a.m. for kids who prefer sprinting to jogging. The hospitality tent will distribute free Panera Bread bagels to runners and walkers who want a quick and delicious breakfast.

Brownell acknowledges the fact that breast cancer affects the whole family, which is why they make such a strong effort to keep the event fun and family friendly. Michael’s craft store is sponsoring the kids tent for those children who want to help find a cure. The kids tent will have fun games and activities for kids, and their parents, before or after the race including face painting and bubbles. All participants who sprint the 50 yard dash will receive delicious treats from Orange Leaf of Portsmouth and Panera Bread.

Susan G. Komen is keeping the race green by partnering with Dave's Septic of Manchester for port-a-potties. Dave’s Septic will handle the dirty work in an eco-friendly manner with certified green toilets, non-toxic deodorizer in the holding tanks, 100% recycled toilet paper and non-toxic cleaning chemicals.

The Green Alliance is also racing to find the cure! The Green Alliance is proud to be one of the sponsors for the event. The Green Alliance is a growing community of over 115 green businesses and thousands of eco-conscious consumers who connect to build a sustainable local economy. All Green Alliance members who choose run or walk with the Green Alliance team will receive a free t-shirt and a complimentary one-year Green Alliance membership to give to a friend. Runners and walkers can sign up individually or create groups for businesses and organizations.

The Susan G. Komen organization is teaming up with Shipyard Waste Solutions to further promote green practices on the day of the race. Shipyard Waste Solutions will be responsible for managing recycling and disposing of waste in a green fashion. “We hope to minimize our waste year, and recycling whatever we can on race day helps us reduce our footprint,” said Brownell.

Approximately 75 percent of profits from the race will fund breast cancer treatment, screening, and education programs in Vt. and N.H. The remaining 25 percent of proceeds will benefit nationwide research projects conducted through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grant Program. The “I Am The Cure” program initiated by the Susan G. Komen organization encourages women to take preventative steps in order to reduce their own risk of getting the disease. Onlookers and runners should stop by the Survivor booth to spin the breast cancer trivia wheel and win a reusable water bottle.

Those who sign up for the 2014 Komen Race will help raise profits for women who are battling breast cancer now, or will be down the road. The Komen N.H. breast cancer charity is a great way to bond with co-workers, family and friends, as well as show how much you care about the pink ribbon cause.

A silent auction is one of the last surprises at the event. The Green Alliance will have its own gift basket to bid on, but other items include a donation from Green Alliance Business Partner, Earth Baby Works, Red Sox tickets, coupons to restaurants in Portsmouth, and other gift certificates to local businesses.

“We get such wonderful things donated from local businesses each year. We are so thankful to our community who helped us raise over $4,000 last year” said Brownell.

The Komen event planners are so passionate about their cause, and it shows. The race has grown from one with 800 local participants to a global series of over 120 races with over one million participants in recent years. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the pink ribbon revolution.

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or to register for the race, please visit Join the Green Alliance team by clicking “Join an Existing Team” and typing in “The Green Alliance.”

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