Komen Maryland Race for the Cure comes back to Baltimore

Posted at 8:10 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 20:10:23-04

It's a sea of pink that we've grown accustomed to every October.  Thousands of people touched by breast cancer take over the streets of Hunt Valley.

This year that pink will have a more picturesque backdrop. Komen Maryland's Race for the Cure is moving back to Baltimore.

Communications Director, Kim Schmulowitz says the race will start at McHenry Row, travel up Fort Avenue, around the seawall path in Fort McHenry and then end up back at Mchenry Row.

Returning to Baltimore is a homecoming of sorts. The race began at Rash Field in 1993.

"We were excited to bring it back to Baltimore to draw attention to Baltimore. Baltimore is one of our most at risk areas of the state in terms of breast cancer incidence and mortality," says Schmulowitz.

With the new venue just outside of downtown, organizers say the race is now more centrally located for runners and walkers coming from Anne Arundel and Howard Counties.

However, the appeal of downtown does come with one drawback: parking problems but Komen Maryland says they have it covered.

Schmulowitz says, "We have 2,000 light rail passes that are available for participants. You can reserve on our website that will allow you to get to the Downtown Convention Center area where you can take a shuttle over to McHenry Row."

There are 5 parking garages downtown offering a discounted rate and from there you can walk over to the water taxi for a free ride.

They'll also be offering shuttles from two discounted lots in Canton.

"The race for the cure in Baltimore is Komen's largest fundraiser of the year.  We have other events but this is our largest fundraiser, so we depend on this event to bring in money for local breast health programs and national research," says Schmulowitz.

The race is on Sunday, October 15.

Click here for more information on how to sign up.