Race for the Cure

Race, or walk, for a cure for breast cancer.
The 2010 Susan G. Komen N.C. Foothills Race for the Cure will be held Oct. 16 at Lenoir-Rhyne University to promote breast cancer awareness and education in Catawba County and the surrounding area.
"We get people who are survivors, as well as people who have been affected by cancer in some way," said Peggy Messick, board president of the N.C. Foothills Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate.
Komen Race for the Cure started in 1983 with an 800-participant race in Dallas. Since then, the race went global, with more than 140 races worldwide at 1.6 million participants.
The Hickory race had 2,120 participants and 150 volunteers last year, and Messick hopes to see those numbers increase this year. This year's goal is 2,400 participants.
"It's just great to give back," she said. "(Survivors and their families) want to give back to the community, and this is a way to do it."
The timed 5K run starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 16, and the untimed 5K and one-mile fun run start at 9:20 a.m.
The race starts at Lenoir-Rhyne University and continues around the campus through residential areas.