Knoxville Race for the Cure Goes Virtual
Decision Prioritizes and Protects Participants’ Health and Safety During COVID-19
Knoxville, TN – September 9, 2020 – Susan G. Komen® East TN today announced the 2020 Knoxville Race for the Cure will be held virtually, rather than in-person this year. Originally planned for October 31 at World’s Fair Park, the event will now take place virtually on that day, paired with a Survivor Car Parade at World’s Fair Park. Komen will be maintaining the early bird registration fees for the event as well.
“As an organization dedicated to saving lives, it is so important to protect the health of our participants, many of whom are breast cancer survivors or are currently in treatment for the disease. Therefore, we will be leveraging technology this year to ensure we can race together – even if we can’t be together – because breast cancer is not cancelled.”
Komen East TN noted that the Knoxville Race for the Cure serves two important purposes – it is an important fundraiser that fuels Komen’s local funding for screening and diagnostic services and patient financial assistance, as well as breast cancer research. It also provides all those touched by breast cancer a sense of being a part of a large compassionate community committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. We plan to still honor survivors and MBC thrivers Race morning at World’s Fair Park with a one mile car parade.
In addition to the Car Parade for survivors and MBC thrivers, Komen will be creating a discount code for pets to participate this year. Each pet registered will receive a scarf for them to wear with their famiiy for the Virtual Race for the Cure. Be sure to follow Komen East TN on social media to find out about additional contests and events leading up to the Virtual Race Day
“We believe we will be able to preserve the sense of community through this new virtual fundraising race even though we will be racing where we are,” added Amy Dunaway, Executive Director. “The need is greater than ever before, as people become unemployed, losing their insurance. Komen’s local patient financial assistance program is also saving lives by allowing patients to remain in treatment.”
To register and begin fundraising today, visit www.KomenEastTN.org and join us to “Race Where You Are to Save Lives Locally!