SW Michigan Race for the Cure set for May 14

Published 9:37 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KALAMAZOO — The 2016 Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure, locally presented by Premier Radiology, will celebrate its 20th year as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series — the largest, most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer in the world.

In celebration of this year’s event, Susan G. Komen Michigan announced its new partnership with the Kalamazoo Growlers and new location at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo.

“The Growlers are extremely excited to partner with Susan G. Komen Michigan on their 20th annual Race for the Cure,” said John Bollinger, general manager of the Kalamazoo Growlers. “When we sat down and started brainstorming, you could tell everyone truly wanted to put on an event that made participating families go ‘WOW’! Through our partnership, we’re now able to offer not only a unique run venue, but some exclusive family fun opportunities that will make 2016 the best experience yet.”

The 2016 Race, to be held on Saturday, May 14 at Homer Stryker Field, will continue to hold many of its annual traditions including special activities for survivors, sponsor giveaways and live entertainment, but will also feature new elements including access to the Growlers’ Kidz Zone area complete with a bounce house and fun games for children, a chance to ride the Growler’s new zip line, photo opportunities with the Growlers’ mascot, Porter, and a few more surprises that will be revealed on Race day.

Also, anyone who registers for this year’s Southwest Michigan Race will receive a ticket to the Growlers opening night game on Friday, June 3 as well as a pink Growlers baseball hat.

Each year, the Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure raises significant funds for Komen Michigan. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised through this event stay in the Affiliate’s Southwest Michigan service area to help local women and men find breast cancer early and beat it. The remaining 25 percent is invested in ground-breaking, global breast cancer research.

“Over the past 20 years, through events like the Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen has made tremendous strides in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jennifer Jurgens, executive director of Susan G. Komen Michigan. “But, with an average of 35 women dying from breast cancer each month throughout Komen Michigan’s 20-county service area, our work is far from over. Please consider helping us work toward a world without breast cancer by joining us on Saturday, May 14.”

For more information or to register today, visit: www.KomenMichigan.org/SWRace16.

To learn more about Komen Michigan funded breast health programs in Southwest Michigan, visit: www.KomenMichigan.org/grants.