2015 Race for the Cure to happen in Downtown Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2015 Race for the Cure to happen in Downtown Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will happen in Downtown Memphis in the fall of 2015.

The 2015 Race for the Cure will happen on October 31. The fun kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the Survivors' Breakfast at AutoZone Park. Then, the race begins at 9 a.m. After the race, organizers will host the post-race expo at AutoZone Park.

The fundraiser is headed downtown after more than a decade in Germantown and Collierville.

The race is personal for participant Sara Thatcher.

"I'm the daughter of a survivor, the granddaughter of a survivor, so supporting race for the cure is really important to me," Thatcher explained.

Thatcher was there when race organizers announced the event will head to Memphis this fall.

"Ultimately, that means more money for women in our community that need services, education, awareness," said Thatcher.

Susan G. Komen leaders like Elaine Hare say the decision to leave Collierville is tough, but could mean more money for local research and services.

Hare explained that the larger location can hold 20 to 30 thousand people, which would help raise funds in the community. Also, the race would then bring eyes and visitors to the downtown area.

"We really needed this," said Hare. "It's already big with the St. Jude marathon that brings around 20 thousand, so just think those are 40 thousand eyeballs that will get to see everything that we have down here, discover new places to eat, discover new hotels."

Leaders hope the move will help raise more than $1 million and bring more awareness to a battle many Mid-Southerners are currently fighting.

You can register to participate or donate at Komenmemphis.org

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