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Published on October 13, 2008

Mercy's 2008 Especially For You® race is second largest in event's 18-year history

CEDAR RAPIDS-Glorious autumn weather greeted participants at the 18th Annual Especially For You® Race Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Mercy Medical Center. This year's race is the second largest in the event's history, with 10,194 people registered. That compares to an all-time high of 10,774 participants last year when the race was cancelled due to inclement weather.

General Mills and Mercy Medical Center are co-founders of the race, which includes a 5K run and walk and a one-mile family fun walk. Major sponsors for the event this year are Fairfax State Savings Bank and Toyota Financial Services.

All proceeds from race registrations and contributions go to the Especially for You fund. The fund provides mammography and other breast-care services for area women who otherwise cannot afford them. Since 1991 the fund has been accessed 8,118 times by 4,404 women, for a total of $1.13M in services.

2008 Event Details

  • Total registrants: 10,194
  • Total money raised for the Especially for You fund this year: 
    • More than $218,319 in registrations and $30,500 in patron contributions = $248,819.00 
    • (An additional $72,400 in corporate support covers the cost of the race.)
  • Total number of registered teams: 287

Top Business Teams with Most Members:

  1. Fairfax State Savings Bank - 832
  2. Mercy Medical Center - 557
  3. Alliant Energy - 155

Top Organization Teams with Most Members:

  1. Gems of Hope - 192
  2. Mount Mercy College - 93
  3. Kennedy Volleyball - 81

Top Family Teams with Most Members

  1. Women of Troy - 91
  2. Lynette's League - 73
  3. Families of CR Firefighters - 70

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