Early Bird Registration Opens for “RACE IN THE PARK,” Connecticut Breast Health Initiative Supports Research and Education in Connecticut

Early bird registration for the 2019 “RACE IN THE PARK” will open on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at a reduced price. The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CT BHI) hosts this annual event, which will be held on May 11, 2019 to raise money to advance education programs and breast cancer research in Connecticut. During the past 15 years, the annual Mother’s Day weekend event has granted more than $3.75 million – 100% of money raised stays in Connecticut.

To register or pledge for this event, which includes a 5K run and 1 Mile Walk, 4 K Walk, and Kids’ Challenge, visit www.ctbhi.org. Regular pricing is $30 for adults and $15 for youth.; early bird – through the end of February - is $25 for adults and $10 for Youth.

The RACE IN THE PARK, which takes place in New Britain’s historic Walnut Hill brings statewide benefits. The money raised has funded grants provided to breast cancer research and education initiatives across the state, including in Bridgeport, Danbury, Farmington, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven and Stamford. In recent years, researchers at MidState Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale University, Middlesex Hospital, Hospital of Central Connecticut and Stamford Health are among the grant recipients.

“100% raised in Connecticut. 100% stays in Connecticut,”

says Joyce Bray, president of the CT BHI Board of Directors. “Every person who participates, every dollar donated, brings us closer to the next breakthrough and ultimately a cure.”

Along with RACE registration, there are many ways to donate and be engaged throughout the event. From activities like “Touch a Truck,” Silent Auction and Raffle in the Park, live music and food trucks, there is certainly something for everyone. New this year will be a Connecticut Artisan Market on RACE Day featuring local artists supporting THE RACE – just in time for Mother’s Day gift-giving.

“RACE Day is not only about raising money for breast cancer research, it also supports the community of survivors and honors loved ones,” explains Bray. “With generous support this year, Connecticut can lead the way in breast cancer research, advancing the work of dedicated researchers throughout our state.”

The RACE IN THE PARK celebrates survivors with a RACE Day Survivor Breakfast. During the breakfast, survivors and their families can connect with one another while also interacting with leading experts in breast cancer research.

The 16th annual RACE IN THE PARK offers options including a 5k run, a 4K walk, a 1 mile walk, and two Kids’ Challenges (1 mile and ½ mile). Each course includes a loop around the Historic Walnut Hill Park as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. Racers can expect to see local residents with chairs in their front lawns cheering them on as they run/walk by.

“The entire community really comes together to support this wonderful family day,” Bray observes.

“Our volunteers are the backbone of the event. They are extraordinarily dedicated and ensure that all goes smoothly, which makes it a truly memorable experience for everyone who participates.”

Anyone of high school age or older is encouraged to volunteer on the day before, or the day of, the event. More information about volunteer opportunities is available on THE RACE website.

“Connecticut has been a leader in so many areas of endeavor. Connecticut invented the first artificial heart, built the first submarine and designed the first helicopter - and now, with help from our supporters, we’re aiming to lead the way in breast cancer research. The next major breakthrough could start right here.”

Join the RACE IN THE PARK and join the cause! For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.ctbhi.org.

Media Contact:
Joyce Bray, President, CT BHI Board of Directors
860 827-7103
[email protected]