SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2016) – Mission Bay will be filled with rowers, paddlers and kayakers of all levels on Sunday, Oct. 30 in honor of the 16th Annual Row for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego). Participants will grab their oars and paddles to row their way through a 4.5-kilometer course through Mission Bay, passing by the waterside of Sea World, around Vacation Island and Paradise Point, finishing just North of Ski Beach. All entry fees and donations benefit Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer treatments, services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. These services include free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, temporary financial aid for living expenses, meal deliveries, education, and more.
“We are thrilled to be back for the 16th Annual Row for the Cure to raise funds for Komen San Diego and help local women and their families in San Diego fight against breast cancer,” said Colin Truex, head coach of UC San Diego’s Women’s Rowing. “This year we hope to raise $20,000 and invite the entire community to join us and make an impact!”
San Diego’s Row for the Cure began in 2001 by UC San Diego Women’s Rowing team after losing an alumna, Lori Ann Uptegrove, and a Triton family member, Joyce Snyder, to breast cancer. Beginning with local teams and a few kayakers, the event has grown over the years to include all forms of human powered craft including: oars and paddles, paddle boards, kayaks and surfboards.
“Every year, nearly 1,000 San Diegans take part in Row for the Cure,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president & CEO, Susan G. Komen San Diego. “This annual event ensures Komen San Diego is able to provide lifesaving mammograms, nourishing meals and other vital resources that a woman needs when facing breast cancer.”
To register for the 2016 Row for the Cure or for more information, please click here.
Registration fees range from $30 to $125 depending on whether you’re rowing as an individual or on a team. To register for the 2016 Row for the Cure or for more information on donating to the event, please click here.
About Row for the Cure®
The inspiration of Portland, Oregon rower Kathy Frederick, the initial Row for the Cure took place in 1994 on Portland’s Willamette River as a way for the rowing community to support runners and walkers participating in the Rose City’s Race for the Cure. That first regatta raised a modest $1,500.
Today, with events in 15 U.S. states and Germany, Row for the Cure has blossomed into a multi-sport event that includes athletes of all ages representing four sports; rowing, canoe/kayak, dragon boat and Native American paddling. With over 20 cities having hosted a Row for the Cure, participants now raise over $300,000 annually, rowing and paddling together to save lives in their local communities.
ABOUT SUSAN G. KOMEN SAN DIEGO®:
Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $14 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, transportation and more. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays in San Diego County to fund breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.