For 30 years we have Raced up Central Park West and into Central Park to celebrate in the bandshell. In 2020 the tradition continues #TogetherApart. We may not be able to gather in the park, but we can still celebrate virtually, share moments of respect and honor remotely, and fundraise online in support of all those dealing with breast cancer's impact on their lives! Together we are #NYTough and #KomenStrong.
Participating in the Virtual Race is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
And, don't forget to tune in for the 30-hour Live Stream Extravaganza starting September 12 airing through Race Day, Sunday September 13! The Extravaganza will feature all the things we love about Race including our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a virtual Survivor/Thriver Ceremony and Celebration of Hope, plus personal messages from some of our favorite Komen Community members and Race teams. We may even check-in on community and neighborhood walks around our community!
Clearly we can't gather 10,000 strong in the park, but we can remain together in our mission while staying responsibly apart physically! Race for the Cure is a critical fundraiser that fuels programs and research throughout the year. That is the Together element and it remains as true today as ever, arguably more than ever as many facing breast cancer now find themselves with increased financial distress as well. The changes for 2020 are all in the ceremony and celebration associated with Race Day, even the physical walk itself. This is where the Apart element comes into play! We can still celebrate and hold ceremony using the tools now common to our digital world. We are working to leverage these tools in a way that gives you much more than a digital video to watch, something that captures the excitement and community of a traditional Race Day, but with virtual hugs rather than physical ones. #TogetherApart, you make our hearts Race.
This fast-paced, multi-location 30-hour virtual event will highlight everything that makes Race Day so special, even as we find ourselves together apart. The digital, live-streaming event affords sponsors, corporate teams, and community teams dedicated time slots to highlight their unique relationship with the Komen Community. Featured live events will include opening and closing ceremonies, a Kids for the Cure celebration, a virtual Survivor/Thriver Ceremony and Celebration of Hope, sponsored start and finish lines with photos, as well as live and pre-recorded celebrity videos.
This vibrant, multi-layered, 30-day engagement and fundraising challenge is designed to inspire and connect members across the Komen Community. The Journey to 30 serves as the shared community experience for our 30th Annual Race for the Cure — bringing us together in common cause, much the same as walking the course has done for three decades. Whether participants choose to focus on fitness, cooking, or just dedicate day to day activities, they will find opportunities to engage and share their commitment to the cause. This is sure to be a vibrant, exciting multi-dimensional program with new sponsor opportunities throughout the entire 30 days of programming.
Komen is on a mission: No one should die from breast cancer. Join an army of survivors, thrivers, family, and friends to fund local breast health programs and cutting-edge research to find the cures for breast cancer.
In Komen NYC's 30 years, we've had over 400,000 people race towards one shared goal... no one should die from breast cancer. New Yorkers have raised over $80 million to fund local programs to help thousands of women, men, and their families, and to fund national research to find the cures.
We are not losing sight of that goal this year! Breast cancer doesn't stop for a global pandemic and neither will Race.