The Medal Stand: Run for the Cure turns 10
One of the largest races in the area celebrates 10 years this weekend.
The annual Run for the Cure 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk sponsored by Personal Best Performance starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Freeman Park. A pre-race presentation takes place at 8:30 a.m.
Michael Hays of Personal Best Performance said 109 people participated in the inaugural race in 2005. Last year’s race day participation reached 1,088 and Hays anticipates a turnout of 1,200 this weekend.
He said race day registration, which is available from 8 to 8:40 a.m. at Freeman Park, has brought in significant numbers since the race’s debut.
“We always have a lot of last-minute sign-ups,” Hays said. “We feel like we’ve grown every year. It’s phenomenal. For us to consistently now be pulling 1,000 at this race and Run to Feed the Hungry is two to three times that number is fantastic.”
While Run for the Cure and the nationally known Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure both raise awareness for breast cancer, Run for the Cure donates all of its proceeds to the Eastern Idaho Public Health District rather than toward a national organization.
The fact that all the proceeds benefit local efforts has appealed to not only race participants, but business sponsors. Hays said Monarch Healthcare has been especially supportive of Run for the Cure.
“It literally has served thousands of individuals that otherwise could not have afforded it,” Hays said of the race.
The course, which follows the east to west loop around the Idaho Falls greenbelt, is the same as previous years despite ongoing construction at the greenbelt. Hays said he has spoken with the foreman on a daily basis and was told that any construction that could potentially alter the course would be completed by Friday.
“If they do get behind, I will know at least 24 hours in advance,” Hays said.
Eastern Idaho athletes
Shelley figure skater Mathew Graham heads to Wenatchee, Wash., for the Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships from Monday to Thursday. The Shelley High School senior is in his first season competing at the junior level, which is one tier below the senior level that Olympians compete at. He won the novice men’s title at last year’s regionals.
Coming up locally
The second annual Raising Hope 10k/5k walk/run takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bonneville Park in Pocatello. Proceeds benefit SPAN (Suicide Prevention Action Network) of Idaho.
Team USA Update
Discussion regarding what sports could be added to the Olympic program for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, resumed this week. Five sports — karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, baseball-softball and surfing — were proposed at a meeting by Japanese organizers Monday in Tokyo. The original list consisted of 26 sports and was reduced to eight by June. Baseball and softball, which have not been in the Olympics since 2008, combined for one sport bid. The International Olympic Committee will vote on any additional sports being added to the Olympic program at its August 2016 meeting in Rio de Janeiro.