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Race Spotlight: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Distance
3 to 5 mile walk

Date
They hold more than 300 events year-round.

Location
Events are held in various cities nationwide.

Registration Fee
Most making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks don’t have registration fees, but it depends on the individual event, so make sure to check their specific site.

Size of the Race
The size varies pending on each location.

Family Fun
Yes, it’s a multi-generational event perfect for families and kids of all ages. You can walk individually or start/join a team.

Bling
T-shirts are often included with registration, if not they can be purchased.

What makes this race special?
It’s an inspiring and life-changing opportunity for communities to come together around the country to raise money and support to help end breast cancer. In 2012 alone, 1 million walkers across the country raised $68 million for the cause.

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What You Need to Know
While most of the events have no minimum amount to raise to participate, walkers are encouraged to raise at least $100. According to their website, the funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer support the American Cancer Society’s fight to end breast cancer. Specifically, these dollars are used to make a difference in the following ways:

  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable
  • Investing in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease
  • Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer today – when and where they need it – including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more
  • Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them, and encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat breast cancer

Travel tips
This is a race that can be done in your hometown or in a city that you’d like to visit. It’s a great opportunity to include your immediate and even extended family. Because the event doesn’t exceed 5 miles, there’s flexibility to plan it into your family vacation or schedule around family reunions.

For more information, visit MakingStrides.acsevents.org.

Until next time …

Photos courtesy of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Facebook Page