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September 21, 2010 > Keep Abreast walk and run

Keep Abreast walk and run

Submitted By Karen Jackson, Community Development Director/ HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

The 11th Annual KEEP ABREAST 5K WALK/ 5K/10K RUN is just around the corner. The annual event will take place at Quarry Lakes Park in Fremont, on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This year's 5k/10k run will be a chip timed event and winners in each category will receive awards. All who register will receive a participant ribbon.

Doves will be released in memory of, and in honor of breast cancer survivors. "Before we release the doves, all the breast cancer survivors are asked to come to the front of the stage," said HERS Development Director, Karen Jackson. The KEEP ABREAST scenic 5K walk, 5k/10K run supports friends and family facing breast cancer. "5K/10K run and the 5K walk will begin at nine o'clock sharp, the runners will go first, the 10 K runners will go twice around the Quarry Lake and the 5 K runners will go once around the lake and the walkers will follow," said Jackson. "The largest percentage of applicants for this year's event is walkers, but we are excited that the ranks of runners are growing, as we have moved to a professionally- run, timed race.

Relax with music and enjoy a free BBQ lunch, barbecued hot dogs, veggie burgers, bagels and refreshments. A health, fitness and business expo, as well as corporate sponsorship booths will also be part of the event. A massage tent will be available for people to enjoy an invigorating massage or back treatment.

"Non-profits such as ABODE, LIFE ElderCare, hospitals including Washington Hospital and St. Rose Hospital, health services including Stanford Blood Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and KOIT radio station among others will have booths giving out information and literature," said Jackson. All participants will have lots of information regarding their business or organization. The majority of vendors will have a giveaway for booth visitors who fill out a ticket and at the end of the event, the winners will be announced."

We have a prize for the team captain who pulls together the largest team, a gift in honor of the longest survivor and also in honor of the woman who has been most recently diagnosed," said Jackson.

Those interested may participate alone or as part of a team, but each member of the team needs to fill out a registration form. If you do not wish to participate in the event but want to support the cause, you can donate online or set up your own personal fundraising page to solicit donations from friends, family, teammates and co-workers. Proceeds from the fundraiser will empower women affected by breast cancer, and support them with post-surgical products and education regardless of their financial status.

Register online at or download and submit a form provided online. Deadline for online registrations is September 22nd by noon. After that date, you will need to arrive early for on-site registration. Runners must register by September 22nd to be included in the chip timing system. Registration for adults is $35.00. For ages 11 to 17, admission is $20 and children under the ages of 11 accompanied by a registered adult are free. Parking is free.

KEEP ABREAST 5K Walk and 5K/10K Run
Saturday, September 25
Registration: 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Opening ceremony: 8:15 a.m.
Event starts, runners followed by walkers: 9 a.m.

Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 790-1911

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