Pink hats, pink tutus and survivors will rally to reduce the burden of breast cancer in Northern Nevada on Oct. 16 for the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Reno Race for the Cure at its new location in downtown Reno at City Plaza. The 5K run/walk will raise money to fund breast cancer health care for local women and men and breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen Nevada is dedicated to helping Nevadans impacted by breast cancer.

“We will use the money raised at the race to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and breast cancer deaths in Nevada. When a woman can’t afford breast health services, there is a risk that she will receive a delayed breast cancer diagnosis. We step in to reduce these financial barriers, and help women get diagnosed as early as possible, when outcomes are the best. Our investment in community health services and in ground-breaking breast cancer research are the two ways we are changing the odds for Nevadans with breast cancer. Komen is the only breast cancer foundation to attack breast cancer on both fronts,” said Heather Goulding, director of development and community engagement.

Registration and fundraising

Participants can sign up here. Registration for the Race for the Cure starts at $35 for adults ($15 for children 6-12, $25 for students 13-21). This year’s fundraising goal is $200,000.

Fundraisers have the opportunity to win prizes like roundtrip airfare provided by American Airlines, dinner and drinks for 20 at The Brew Brothers and a Lake Tahoe getaway at Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Biggest Little City for the cure

After the Race at 11 a.m., Race participants are invited to join the Biggest Little City for the cure group photo under the Reno Arch.

Suzy’s Garden

New this year, participants will have the chance to plant a tulip in honor of those who have fought breast cancer, to thank a co-survivor who has supported them or to just celebrate fellow team members with a pink foam tulip on which they can add a personal message or tribute. Individuals can buy tulips during race registration, at packet pick-up or at the race for $10 and they will be planted in Suzy’s Garden on race day. Suzy’s Garden is named for Susan G. Komen, the organization’s namesake. Proceeds will go toward the $200,000 fundraising goal.

Parking and transportation

Free parking for the race is available at the Eldorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus and Harrah’s parking garages, the Washoe County Court parking lot (Court and Virginia) and on city streets. Very limited space is also available at the City of Reno parking garage. The Parking Gallery Garage, 135 N. Sierra St., will also provide parking.

A VIP Shuttle will be available for breast cancer survivors and Forever Fighters before and after the race from the Silver Legacy valet. Survivors will receive a shuttle ticket at packet pick-up. The shuttle will run from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will pick-up and drop-off at the race expo at Reno City Plaza.

Race day schedule

  • 6:45 a.m.: Race Grounds Open
  • 8 a.m.: Opening ceremony and formal festivities begin
  • 8:30 a.m.: Breast Cancer Survivors & Forever Fighters Ceremony
  • 9 a.m.: Fitness warm-up
  • 9:05 a.m.: Start time for timed 5K runners
  • 9:10 a.m.: Start time for untimed 5K runners
  • 9:15 a.m.: Start time for 5K & 1-mile walkers
  • 10:30 a.m.: Awards ceremony for timed runners and team recognition awards
  • 11 a.m.: Biggest Little City for the Cure group photo under Reno Arch
  • 11:30 a.m.: Expo closes 
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