RABC keeps on giving

The Race Against Breast Cancer annual 5K run/walk will be coming to Topeka this Saturday, Sept. 22.

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate in this family-friendly event for a cause that’s worth the effort.

“It’s so satisfying when you finish a race because of the feeling of accomplishment that you get,” said Chanler Tharpe, sophomore physical education major.

The Race Against Breast Cancer will be held at the Washburn University Law School south terrace on 18th  St. and MacVicar Ave. Free parking will be available on the north and south sides of the school. This is a rain or shine event and will begin with check in and registration from 7 to  8:30 a.m.

Registration packets will be available for those who have registered previously. The race will kick off at 9 a.m. with a dove release to honor those who have fought breast cancer. The course will be 3.1 miles long with splits provided at the one mile and two mile markers with one water station at the two mile mark.

Aside from personal accomplishment, the organization will be giving free 2012 5K T-shirts with each paid registration. Breast cancer survivors will receive a complementary gift, along with a T-shirt.

The registration fee is $30 and includes the participant’s bib number and RABC event shirt. There will also be a family registration package offered. For the first three family members to register the fee will only be $70; each additional family member may register for $10 each. The event staff asks that family members register together to avoid confusion.

With funds from the RABC, the organization will be providing free mammograms for those in need of financial assistance and also meet certain eligibility guidelines. The RABC has already provided funding for over 6,000 mammograms.

Late  Friday afternoon, there will be an event for the RABC as well.  From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a silent auction and a light complementary supper provided by ClubHouse Inn. If desired, you can register on-site or pick up your pre-registration packets as well.

“This is such a wonderful event and many people who participate come year after year,” said Brie Engelken, 2012 5K chair. “It’s a great way to support those fighting breast cancer, honor and remember those who have already lost their battle and to raise money to help others gain access to early detection.”

To view a full schedule of events, to donate on line or to view a map of the course, visit www.rabctopeka.org.