Teams Forming Now for ‘Race for the Cure’

Teams Forming Now for ‘Race for the Cure’

Teams Forming Now for ‘Race for the Cure’

The Race for the Cure team, Stella’s Angels, pose on Race Day in 2013. Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky.

The Race for the Cure team, Stella’s Angels, pose on Race Day in 2013. Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky.

The 22nd annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure to benefit breast cancer education, training and screening in Vermont and New Hampshire, will be held on Saturday, September 20, at Hildene Meadows in Manchester.

Now is the time to form a race team or join an already existing team. Historically, teams are the Race’s greatest fundraising generators. Forming a team starts with a Captain. Once the team is registered online, other participants may join. Team members need not participate in the same event; they may walk or run in the 5K run and walk or run in the 10K race. Even Virtual Runners, those who can’t make it to the Race but still want to take part, can form or join teams.

One such team-forming individual is Liz Frederick, who has captained Team ORVIS for 13 years. “I am a captain,” said Frederick, “Because I believe strongly in the support that the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure gives to survivors and the community. I form a team to
help educate Orvis employees about what the Race for the Cure is doing locally and how much they can help just by signing up for the walk, a run, making donations, or volunteering.”

Another captain (an un-related Frederick, interestingly enough), agrees. For Diana Frederick,
captain of The Kingdom Kruisers, it’s personal. “I have been a team captain for 12 years and I’m a 14- year survivor. The first year we participated (2001) it was only my husband and I and our two children. The next year a number of family members and friends wanted to walk with us. That’s when The Kruisers were born. The name comes from where we live, up in Hardwick, which is the gateway to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Our team has ranged from five to 22 people.”

Linda Maness, this year’s Komen teams chair and Race co-chair, has been a team captain herself for a number of years.

“My team is made up of family members, community members, co-workers and my running and walking buddies,” said Maness. “We all know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We come together to honor survivors. We come to together to remember those who have lost the fight. We come together to do our part to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure here in Vermont. Team members are inspired to run or walk, not only for those near and dear to us, but for those who we don’t know personally but who need our support.”

There is no additional fee to form a team. The cost to participate is $35 for timed runners and walkers; $30 for untimed and virtual runners; and $15 for children under 12.

Seventy-five percent of the monies raised at the Race for the Cure underwrites breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in Vermont and New Hampshire, while the remaining 25 percent is dedicated to breast cancer research. If you would like more information on this important event,  call 802-362-2733 or visit komenvtnh.org. Who will be on your team?