Ninth Race for the Cure this weekend |

Ninth Race for the Cure this weekend

Tanner Jones

The ninth annual Race for the Cure – which helps to fund the fight against breast cancer – will take place in Aspen this weekend.

The festivities, hosted by the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will begin on Friday with the “Survivor Tea” at the Stefan Kaelin for Women store. Everyone is invited to participate.

The athletic activities begin Saturday with Komen’s flagship event – the Komen Race for the Cure 5K run/walk. Also part of the day’s fun will be a One-Mile Family Walk and Komen Kids 100-Yard Dash Fun Run. All of the events will take place in downtown Aspen.

Two rides are scheduled for Sunday: the second annual Bicycle Ride for the Cure and Horseback Ride for the Cure. The bike ride will go to the Maroon Bells while the equestrian event will be held at Sopris Mountain Ranch in Basalt.

The festivities end Monday with the eighth annual Swing for the Cure at the Snowmass Club Golf Course in Snowmass Village.

Anyone wanting to participate should call 920-0250.

All event registrants are invited to the Brunch for the Cure following the events on Saturday at Rio Grande Park in Aspen.

National Football League players will be in Aspen for the race, to film a public service announcement for the Komen organization. It will air throughout the NFL season, starting this fall.

Involved in the filming will be Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hardy Nickerson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jason Sehorn of the N.Y. Giants, Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs and Johnathon Ogden of the Baltimore Ravens. They will join more than 2,000 participants, 300 volunteers and 1,000 spectators in the fund-raising weekend to fight breast cancer.

“We hope to have a record number of participants this year,” said Michele Bodner, president of the Komen Aspen affiliate. “The Komen Aspen Race for the Cure offers opportunities for people of all interests, ages and abilities to contribute to this worthy cause.”

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36. Seventeen years later, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is credited as the nation’s leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer.

The mission of the foundation is to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. As the country’s most progressive grass-roots organization in the fight against breast cancer today, the Komen Foundation has more than 35,000 volunteers working through 106 Komen affiliates in communities across the country.

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