The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is returning this weekend to the city for the first time in a decade.
Many streets in Locust Point will close Sunday morning to accommodate the runners and walkers. Fort Avenue will be closed to cars from Lawrence Street to Fort McHenry from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the city. Police may put in place additional roadblocks as needed to ensure the safety of participants.
The race starts at 8 a.m. and is expected to draw 8,000 to 10,000 runners and walkers. The 5-kilometer course begins at the intersection of Fort Avenue and Whetstone Way. Runners will loop around Fort McHenry while walkers will turn around at a point on Andre Street.
Motorists are urged to pay attention to posted parking restrictions.
Komen’s biggest annual fundraiser is expected to generate around $850,000 for local breast cancer programs and national research. Maryland has the sixth-highest death rate from breast cancer in the nation. More than 5,250 women in the state are expected to be diagnosed with the disease this year.
The event began in 1993 at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor but has taken place in Hunt Valley for the past decade.