The Power of Pink at Penn State will host its third annual 5K “Race to Save Second Base” on Saturday.
The race begins at noon at the Intramural Building. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Power of Pink at Penn State is a breast cancer awareness organization founded by Taryn Noll (senior-communication arts and sciences). Noll’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Noll was a freshman at Penn State.
Since no organization existed at the university specifically to raise awareness about breast cancer, she decided to start one. The Power of Pink became an official organization in January 2010.
B94.5, a local radio station, is scheduled to broadcast live from the race. Last year, five minutes before the race began, the station played a song dedicated to all breast cancer survivors to help energize the runners. Noll said she thinks the station plans to do that again this year.
Information for women of all ages about staying healthy and breast cancer awareness will be available.
A raffle — featuring gift cards from Kildare’s and Dwellings, and two Vera Bradley breast cancer pattern bags donated by A Basket Full — will be conducted. Raffle chances can be purchased one for $2 and three for $5.
The first-place male and female will each receive a trophy at the end of the race.
The race is open to Penn State students and community members, said co-race chair Ella Keffer (senior-nursing). About 200 runners have participated in each of the past two races, Keffer said, and she would like to see just as many this year.
When runners register for the 5K, they have the option to fill out who they will run in memory of, in honor of, or in celebration of.
“It’s our hope that people feel really supported,” Noll said.
Members of the Multicultural Women’s Forum helped Power of Pink members make signs that display the names that runners listed.
Members of Multicultural Women’s Forum will act as support for the runners during the race by holding up the names and cheering on the runners, said Khadija Bingham (sophomore-finance).
Bingham, a member of Power of Pink, also serves as the community service chair for the Multicultural Women’s Forum, an organization dedicated to enhancing professionalism. She contacted Noll about the Multicultural Women’s Forum lending a hand for the 5K.
Number pick-up and registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the race. Online registration for the race continues through Oct. 19 and is $15 for an individual or $10 each for a team of 10 or more. Individuals can also register at the race for $20.