Get Ready To 'Race For The Cure'

'Footsteps Heard Around The World'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2011 North Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22.

This will be Northeast Florida's 17th Race for the Cure, which began as a collaborative effort of the local ZTA chapter and local volunteers. The 5K run/walk is one of 140 races involving 1.6 million people worldwide. The Jacksonville event also includes a 2K run/walk.

A Walk for Awareness will be held the next day at the University of North Florida for those who wish to participate, but cannot attend on race day.

Up to 75 percent of the net income from the north Florida race stays in the local community to fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects.

?Most of what we raise through the race and our other programs stays local to help people right here in our community,? said Dr. Bruce R. Grob, executive director.

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each race supports the Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs, which fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world.

The race begins and ends at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.

This year, viewers can join a Channel 4 team of runners hoping to make this the biggest and best Race for the Cure ever. Volunteers are also needed to help with the race.

For more information or to register, visit KomenNorthFlorida.org. To donate to Team Channel 4, click here.