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    Walk for Life & Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K

    Happy October, Columbia!


    We couldn’t be more thrilled about October and cooler weather finally arriving in Columbia over the weekend. With October comes some of our favorite Columbia events: Gamecock football games, the South Carolina State Fair, Five Points’ Annual Chili Cook Off, and, of course, the Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K.


    For a season that’s all about the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall foliage, the color pink has become synonymous with October. October is well-known for being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.


    Did you know?

    * 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime

    * Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

    * Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among women

    * Each year, over 252,710 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die

    * An estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 460 will die each year

    * Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today

    * Nearly 40,000 mammograms are performed annually at Palmetto Health Breast Center

    * More than $8.5 million has been raised through Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K

    (Facts provided by & Palmetto Health Foundation)


    It is likely that someone you know will, at some point in her lifetime, be diagnosed with breast cancer. Will it be your mother? Sister? Friend? Coworker? You?

    You have the opportunity to step up and help fight breast cancer right here in our community by participating in the 2017 Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K, an event put on each year by the Palmetto Health Foundation. For the second year in a row, the event chair is breast cancer survivor, Emily Long. She shared her inspirational story with us in our Fall Arts & Culture Issue (read it here!)


    Join thousands of your neighbors on the morning of Saturday, October 14th at Spirit Communications Park as we come together to support everyone in our community that has been affected by breast cancer. This year’s events will raise money to fund a 7th 3D mammography machine, educational materials, breast bears, and post-mastectomy camisoles. Every dollar raised stays right here in the midlands to benefit the Palmetto Health Breast Center. Last year, more than 7,000 people participated and they raised $697,000!

    There is something for everyone at the Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon. Whether you’re a seasoned runner aiming high for the half marathon or someone who prefers to take morning strolls around the neighborhood, we’ve got you covered.


    Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon: Ready for a challenge? Sign up for the Half Marathon, a 13.1 mile course that takes you through downtown Columbia, on the Riverfront Park Trail, and through the historic (and exceptionally hilly!) Elmwood neighborhood.

    10K: Not ready to tackle 13.1 miles but ready for more than a 5K? The 10K distance is perfect for you!

    5K: This race route is 3.1 miles long and if you’re signing up for the 5K, you’re signing up to run a timed race. This is the biggest difference between the 5K and the Walk for Life.

    Walk for Life: Identical to the 5K course, this event begins at 7:45am and is designed for everyone who would like to walk the 3.1 miles. Got a big group participating together? This is the event to sign up for!


    Want to sign up? It’s not too late! You can register online here:

    We’ll see you out there bright and early on October 14!