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May 3, 2001

Pitt a sponsor of Race for the Cure

The ninth annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, May 13, in Schenley Park starting at 8:45 a.m. The 5K run/walk and one-mile fun walk raise money to promote breast cancer awareness and honor survivors.

The race, the largest in western Pennsylvania, attracting some 32,000 runners and walkers last year, benefits breast cancer screening, education, research and treatment.

This year, Pitt will be a gold sponsor, providing space in Posvar Hall for registration and free shuttle service to the starting lines at Schenley Drive (5K run), the Panther Hollow Bridge (5K walk) and the bridge near Carnegie Library (one-mile fun walk). Registered participants also will be able to park free of charge on Pitt's campus the day of the event.

Prior to the race, a survivor tribute will be held at 8 a.m. Breast cancer survivors are invited to the Giant Eagle tent on Flagstaff Hill for the ceremony.

A $30 race day registration fee will be charged at the registration tent on Flagstaff Hill from 6:30-8 a.m.

An early registration fee of $20 is available for those who register on May 8 or 9, noon-8 p.m. at the following locations:

* Downtown: Fifth Avenue Place, Highmark, 3rd floor.

* Oakland: Posvar Hall.

* J.C. Penney stores at: Century III, Great Southern Shopping Center, Monroeville Mall, Ross Park Mall and West-moreland Mall.

The race is organized locally by the Pittsburgh section of the National Council of Jewish Women. To date, the Pittsburgh race has raised $4.5 million net proceeds to fight breast cancer.

The founding organization of the Race for the Cure is the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national group working through chapters that sponsor 112 races annually.

For more information, call 412/521-2873, or access the Race for the Cure website at

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