Rowers and kayakers will paddle through Mission Bay at UC San Diego’s Crew Teams annual rowing event to raise money for Komen San Diego
Mission Bay will be filled with rowers, paddlers and kayakers of all levels on Sunday, October 26 in honor of the 14th Annual Row for the Cure to benefit Susan G. 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 water side of Sea World, around Vacation Island and Paradise Point, finishing just North of Ski Beach. All entry fees and donations benefitKomen San Diego to support free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, which includes education, outreach, free mammograms, financial assistance for living expenses, food assistance, transportation and more.
“Row for the Cure has accomplished everything we have wanted it to—it increases awareness about breast cancer, it gives everyone a chance to remember our honorees, those we have lost or those fighting against breast cancer, and it raises funds to help Komen San Diego achieve its mission, ” said Zach Johnson, Head Coach of UC San Diego’s Men’s Crew. “All of these things are wrapped up in this fun day, and we want more participants to come out and enjoy this rewarding event to help us achieve our goal this year of $20,000.“
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.
“Over the last 13 years Row for the Cure has had an amazing impact in San Diego,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director of Komen San Diego. “They have raised nearly $100,000 which equates to 800 free mammograms or 12,000 hot meals delivered to women who are going through treatment and don’t have enough energy to cook.”
What: 14th Annual Row for the Cure
When: Sunday, Oct. 26
6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: North Ski Beach Mission Bay
How: To register for the 2014 Row for the Cure or for more information, please visit: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=3865.
Registration fees range from $30 to $125 depending on whether you’re rowing as an individual or on a team. To register for the 2014 Row for the Cure or for more information on donating to the event, please visit www.komensandiego.org/rowforthecure.
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 $12.5 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for qualified 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.
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