Blog : Racing for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Sarah Mahoney

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and getting ready to run in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Green Alliance is a proud sponsor of the race and has created a team to further support Susan G. Komen. Green Alliance members are encouraged to join the team and will receive a free t-shirt to wear on race day. To join the team, click here and register by searching "Green Alliance" under team names. Once you've registered, contact Sarah at to let her know you've signed up.

For the last three years, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in New Hampshire has had a strong run as one of the largest events to bring awareness to survivors and those suffering from breast cancer. With the race returning for a fourth year, there’s no end in sight for its continued success.

The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization will hold its fourth annual race on May 9th at the Strawberry Banke Museum on 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, N.H. at 9 a.m. To date, the Komen organization’s national race days have become some of the largest and most successful fundraising events for breast cancer around the world.

Seacoast Spine will provide medical services in the First-Aid tent for runners along with massages for breast cancer survivors. There will also be a silent auction featuring local business, like Art with a Splash and Coastal Fitness, donating their goods and/or services to the event.

Keeping the event local is important to the state’s economy, said Carolyn Ostrom, Community Relations Specialist for Komen’s New Hampshire affiliate. “A lot of the money we raise stays in New Hampshire,” she said.

The Komen race is unique amongst other awareness events when it comes to proceeds and donations. 100 percent of the net proceeds are allocated to their mission, which is raising significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease. Additionally, 75 percent of the net income stays within the local communities where the races are held to help fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment initiatives in Vermont and New Hampshire. The remaining 25 percent supports the national and international Susan G. Komen Grants Research Program.

As of 2014, Komen has hosted 13 international races in eight different countries. Each of the races held around the world are unique, but they all share the common goal to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer research. In 2014 alone, Komen’s Vermont and New Hampshire affiliate has raised $350,000 for 11 breast health programs throughout the two New England states.

Nationally, the Komen organization traces its roots to Dallas, Texas, starting in 1983 with roughly 800 participants. By 2010, there were more than 1.6 million participants and over 100,000 volunteers who participated in the series internationally. When Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and Chair of Global Strategy of Susan G. Komen organized the first race, she was unaware of the impacts it would have over the years as the race continued to grow.

Local businesses throughout the seacoast make up a large part of vendors at the Komen race. Their participation to help raise breast cancer awareness is a positive for Ostrom. “We love when local companies get involved in the race,” she said. The Portsmouth-based Green Alliance, which works toward growing local businesses that have the least impact on the environment, and encourages more sustainable practices amongst consumers, will be present at the event. The sustainability-focused business will donate a Green Families Membership package, which includes discounts to green businesses and exclusive access to local events, a gift card to Green Maids, a Green Earth Baby Works certificate for six months free diaper service, and more to the silent auction. The auction is live until the close of race day festivities.

Ostrom says that sustainability is also a part of the Komen race. Leftover food, provided by vendors, is donated to other non-profits, such as the Crossroads House shelter, and remaining water is given to the Seacoast Mavericks baseball team. Ostrom also encourages participants to register online to eliminate paper waste.

Entrants can pick up their t-shirt, race-bib and on-site registration on Friday, May 8 from 1 to 6:00 p.m., and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on race day.

There will be a special photograph taken in the survivor tent at 8:30 a.m. on race day with all participating survivors. Also, at 9:55 a.m. there will be a family-oriented Kids 50-Yard Fun Run for children under 12 beginning on the grounds of the Strawberry Banke Museum.

“We want everyone to be able to sit down with family and enjoy being outside,” Ostrom said. “We want it to be fun for everyone.”

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or to register for the race, click here.

Not a member of the Green Alliance? Right now we're offering our membership at a discounted spring special rate of $20! Learn more here!