2018 Komen Greater New York City Race for the Cure
How do you choose the Race for the Cure date?
The Race for the Cure is celebrating its 28th year! As a legacy event in Central Park, our Race date is locked in to the second Sunday in September. Unfortunately, this can sometimes conflict with holidays and personal schedules. Please know that we do everything in our power to make sure YOU can make it out to Race for the Cure, but this year we were unable to move the date for those celebrating Rosh Hashanah
Two things we're doing in 2018: We've moved the start time up to 9 a.m.
so you can head home to celebrate ASAP. We're also going to have something special on-site for those celebrating
the High Holy Day.
We hope to see you at the Start Line, but we understand how important Rosh Hashanah is. If you can't make it out, we encourage you to join the Race for the Cure as a Virtual Participant or consider making a donation
to continue to help us create more survivors.
How can I get my Race materials?
Due to limited office space, advanced packet pickup is not available.
To have your materials mailed, choose “Registration (Mail my Race Packet)” for an additional $5.00. Please note that this option is available on a per-person basis and not per-team. They will arrive starting the week of August 31 and after.
If you are running the Race as a Timed Runner, your packet will be mailed for no additional fee, it is included in your $55 registration.
If you don’t have your materials mailed, you can pick up your t-shirt and bib that day starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 9:00 a.m. at the T-Shirt and Bib Pick-Up tables on Central Park West between 72nd and 73rd Streets.
Does running in this Race qualify me for a marathon? Can I get my official time?
Historically, the Greater NYC Race for the Cure has been a “fun run” and not officially timed. We are excited to announce that the 2018 Race will be an officallly timed, USATF certified 5K! It is important to note that marathons typically only accept much longer events as qualifiers.
To recieve an official timing in the Greater NYC Race for the Cure, you must register as a Timed Runner, or choose the timed run option for select fundraising participant types. Your t-shirt and chipped bib will be mailed to you at no additional expense.
Walking participants are encouraged to check their time when they cross the finish line. Without a chipped bib, your Race will not be timed.
Can I register my children to run/walk in the Race?
Parents of children between the ages of 2 and 12 may register their children for the Race for $30.00 per child. Children will receive appropriately-sized, specially designed t-shirts (sizes 2T to Youth XL). Teens 13 and up should select regular registration to receive an adult-sized shirt. All participants including children must be registered for the Race and their parent or legal guardian must sign the waiver on their behalf. Please note: The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation prohibits bikes and rollerblades on the Race course and discourages pets and the use of strollers.
Children are encouraged to participate in the Kids for the Cure Fun Run. You may find additional details here
Will the Race be cancelled if it rains on Race Day?
The Race takes place rain or shine. Komen Greater NYC reserves the right to cancel the Race in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds. Entry fees will be used as donations to the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
How do I get to the Race by subway?
Registration and T-Shirt and Bib Pick-Up is located on Central Park West between 71st and 73rd Streets. The closest subway station is the 72nd Street stop of the C train. You can also take the 1, 2, or 3, trains to 72nd Street, which stops on Broadway, two blocks west of Central Park West.
The start of the Race is 77th Street and Central Park West. The closest subway station is the 81st Street (American Museum of Natural History) stop of the C train. You can also take the 1, which stops at 79th Street and Broadway or 72nd Street and Broadway (which is wheelchair accessiable). This stop is three blocks west of Central Park West.
For more information on subways and buses, visit the New York City public transit website at www.mta.info
Is there a place to store backpacks, strollers and other items during the Race?
Yes. There is a baggage check area on the 72nd Street Transverse — the entrance into the park at Central Park West and 72nd Street. The baggage tag on your Race bib will be used to identify your materials. Komen Greater NYC assumes no liability for the loss of materials left at the baggage check area. Baggage claim will close at 12:00 p.m. on Race Day.
How much is registration?
Adult (Walk of Life) Registration: $45
Child (Kid Zone) Registration: $30
Timed Runner: $55
Virtual Participant: $60
Fundraising Champion Registration: $10 reg fee + $150 minimum fundraising commitment
Ship My Race Materials: $5
Platinum Package (a.k.a. “Give Me Some Swag”): $30
(Psst... If you give us your email
we'll send you exclusive discounts and offers!)
How much of my registration fee goes toward finding a cure for breast cancer?
Your registration fee is used to offset the cost of producing the Race. So it’s really important to get your friends, family and coworkers to support your Race participation with donations. Of the money raised at the Race, 75% of the net raised will go to community-based organizations with breast health programs for underserved women in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties this year that totaled $2.0 million in grants. The remaining 25% will support national research to find the cures for the disease. This year, Komen Greater NYC invested $735,000 in research.
Do I have to fundraise to participate in the Race?
You are encouraged to fundraise for the Race, but if you are a regular participant it is not mandatory. We encourage all participants to raise as much money as possible to help in the fight against breast cancer. If each person collects just $250.00 in donations, we'll be able to raise more than $3 million! Your registration fee only helps defray the cost of producing the Race. It does not provide any contribution to Komen Greater NYC.
If you register as a Champion, you pay minimal fee and pledge to meeting a fundraising minimum. If you do not meet the fundraising minimum when Race fundraising closes on November 11th, your card will be charged the outstanding balance between your fundraising total and commitment.
How do I get a tutu?
Fundraise $250+ to get your very own tutu! Join celebs like Betsey Johnson, Doctor Mike, and Nancy Brinker for #TutuTuesdays on social media to show everyone what an awesome fundraiser you are and remind them to register to Race! Tag @KomenGreaterNYC to be featured on our pages.
How can I make sure that Komen Greater NYC gets the most from my fundraising efforts?
There are several ways you can ensure that your fundraising will provide the most benefit for Komen Greater NYC, our grantees, and our community.
We encourage you to raise anything above your registration fee. Your registration fee underwrites the costs associated with the production of the Race but does not include a donation to Komen Greater NYC. Please raise whatever you can for the Race. We encourage you to try and raise $250.00, which is also the threshold at which you become eligible for fundraising rewards.
If you do not wish to fundraise, please consider making a personal donation to Komen Greater NYC. Any amount above the registration fee is a tax-deductible donation to Komen Greater NYC.
When you register, select "no" when asked whether you want to receive a fundraising reward. This will help Komen Greater NYC save on the costs associated with them.
What is a Virtual Participant?
If for any reason you can't make the Race, you can still help run breast cancer out of town by signing up as a Virtual Participant. You will receive a Race t-shirt and special bib by mail. You can join a team and fundraise as if you were at the Race. If you opt-in, you will be eligible for fundraising rewards.
How much money do I need to raise to choose my own fundraising reward?
In order to reach the first level of pledge prizes, you must raise at least $500.00 as an individual. There are five levels going up to $10,000+. Remember to opt in during registration if you want to win fundraising rewards. (Did you know if you raise $500+ and opt in to fundraising rewards you get FREE registration for next year's Race?!)
Why should I fundraise for Komen Greater NYC?
No other organization does what Komen Greater NYC does. The grants we award to a wide variety of local community-based breast health programs in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties provide much-needed education, screening, treatment and support services to at-risk women. Komen Greater NYC also invests in life-saving national research to find the cures.
How do I join a team?
It's simple... click Register
, then click the "JOIN A TEAM" button, search for the team, and once you find it, click "JOIN". You can also search by team captain name.
How can I help publicize the Race?
If you are a team captain, be sure to request Race posters by emailing email@example.com
. We will send posters to you beginning in July to post around your community! For social media ideas and help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can download and install our Race Facebook program to send updates, share videos, and raise some much needed funds through Facebook.
I am a team captain. Can I register members of my team?
Yes. Go to the Race website at www.komennyc.org/race
and click on "Register", then on "Join a Team". Follow the instructions. Please note: If you chose to have our site "remember" you for each visit, you must logout before being able to register another participant. Use the logout link on the left hand side of the page. You must also register your team member using their email address.
Where do I meet up with my fellow team members the morning of the Race?
Your team captain is responsible for picking a meeting site and time, as well as communicating that to you. Team captains have the ability to set up a homepage for their team, where they can provide team members with vital information. You can also check the captain’s personal page to see if the meet-up location has been posted there. It is strongly suggested that the team captains choose meeting places away from Central Park where there will be less people and it will be easier for your teammates to find one another.