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Sunday, October 30 : 19th Annual Komen Massachusetts

Thousands expected to participate to raise funds to help eradicate breast cancer right here in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA Â-On Sunday, October 30th, a sea of pink will envelop the streets around Joe Moakley Park in South Boston for the 19th Annual Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure®. Thousands of women, children and men will join together to participate in the 5K (3.1 miles) co-ed run/fitness walk that raises money to fund breast cancer research, screening, care and education programs in Massachusetts.

Festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with the official welcome remarks by Ronni Cohen-Boyar, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and a two-time survivor of breast cancer. Next up, the Boston Buddha will lead survivors in a meditation program at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., a Duck boat will pick up survivors, and at 9:30 a.m., the Survivor Parade begins, led by the Minuteman Marching Band and the women of the Zeta Tau Alpha Society. For a little Latin spice, Race participants can warm up with a Zumba session at 9:45 a.m.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino signals the start of the Race for the Cure at 10 a.m., when a field of over 5,000 competitive runners kicks off, while at 10:15, non-timed runners and walkers set off along the course. The Race begins on Columbia Road, near the intersection of Babe Ruth Park Drive, and follows Columbia Road to Day Boulevard and along the South Boston waterfront to the finish line near the entrance to the Bayside Expo Center.

"We are so excited about this yearÂ's Race," says Ronni Cohen-Boyar, Executive Director of the MA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Come join us, meet our grantees and experience the impact your fundraising dollars make. Stand with thousands of others and know you are part of something really big, then run or walk our new course with its beautiful views of the harbor.The more money we raise, the more impact we can make."

Mix 104.1 morning show co-host Kennedy Elsey will sing the National Anthem. Other local dignitaries and celebrities expected to participate include state Senator Jack Hart (D)/South Boston, NECNÂ's Nelly Carreno and Bridget Blythe, and Mix 104.1Â's Mike Mullaney. Even BostonÂ's sports mascots are getting in the Race spirit, with Blades from the Bruins,