SUSAN G. KOMEN® NC TRIANGLE TO THE COAST ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL 2020 TRIANGLE RACE FOR THE CURE

Decision Prioritizes and Protects Participants’ Health and Safety During COVID-19

Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast today announced the 24th Annual Triangle Race for the Cure will be held virtually, rather than in-person this year. Originally planned for May 2, 2020, at The Frontier at RTP, the event will now take place as a virtual ‘Race Where You Are’ experience on September 12, 2020, across multiple digital channels.

“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 canceled,” said Krista Park Berry, executive director at Komen NC Triangle to the Coast.

Komen noted that the Race for the Cure, which is presented locally by Duke Cancer Institute, serves two important purposes – it is a critical fundraiser that fuels Komen’s breast cancer research and patient support efforts, and it provides all those touched by breast cancer the opportunity to become a part of a compassionate community committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

“While it is disappointing we can’t be together in person this year at the Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, we want to thank all of the virtual participants for keeping the passion and purpose of this event moving forward,” said Michael Kastan, MD, Ph.D., executive director of Duke Cancer Institute. “Together, we remain committed to advancing research toward a cure for breast cancer.”

Komen NC Triangle to the Coast will bring this virtual event to life using live video, motivational content, and a variety of activities to help create an engaging, memorable, and inspiring virtual experience, recognizing both sponsors and participants. The Survivor/Thriver Celebration, sponsored by UNC Health, will also take place virtually as a way to connect local breast cancer survivors and patients living with metastatic disease.

“UNC Health applauds Komen for making the tough decision to host this year’s Race for the Cure virtually and making participants’ safety the top priority,” said Kerry Grace Heckle, executive director of corporate and community relations at UNC Health. “As a longtime supporter of the Race for the Cure, we will miss seeing everyone in person on race day, but we recognize the importance of protecting the health and safety of our patients, co-workers, and community. We look forward to the virtual race on September 12th and continuing to work together in the fight against breast cancer.”

There is no fee to register for the virtual fundraising event this year or to access the online fundraising tools. Any registration fees made prior to this transition will now count towards a participant’s personal or team fundraising goal.

“As we race where we are, we believe we can preserve the sense of community through this new virtual fundraising race experience,” shared Park Berry. “An added benefit of this new virtual platform is increased accessibility. People who were not able to attend in-person previously due to their health or scheduling conflicts will now be able to participate. We invite all to be a part of our community of hope.”

To register, visit https://komennctc.org/Race or call (919) 493-2873 for assistance.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

The Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $1 billion invested globally through Komen’s National Research Program in lifesaving breast cancer research. For more information, call (919) 493-2873 or visit komennctc.org.