October is time to think pink and run

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Participants in the 2015 Tidewater Race for the Cure at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. This year's race is on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tidewater Komen Instagram)

Participants in the 2015 Race for the Cure at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. This year’s event is on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tidewater Komen Instagram)

It’s pink ribbon time.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Susan G. Komen Tidewater, the local affiliate of the national breast cancer organization, is holding its 17th annual Race for the Cure at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Oct. 15. There’s still time to register for the 5K race, which begins at 7:30 a.m. at 31st Street and Atlantic Boulevard. An untimed 5K kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s event comes on the heels of a national push by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent within the next 10 years, according to a release.

As of Sunday evening, Tidewater Komen had raised more than $49,000 toward a goal of $210,000, or roughly 24 precent, according to its website.

Since the first Tidewater Race for the Cure in 1999, Komen Tidewater has distributed more than $4.7 million to provide local residents with breast health services, according to its website.

“By Participating in Race for the Cure, you are becoming a part of Komen Tidewater’s mission to end breast cancer forever,” the website says.

To register for the 5K on Oct. 15, go here.

 

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