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Home > Mercy News > Especially for You® Race celebrates 28 years with 15,200 participants
Published on October 07, 2018
Nearly 15,200 people registered for the 28th annual Especially For You® Race Against Breast Cancer, which took place today at Mercy Medical Center.
Proceeds from race registrations benefit the Especially for You fund. This year more than $452,000 in registrations was raised for the fund, which provides financial assistance for breast and gynecological cancer screenings and services for area individuals in need. Over the last 10 years, the Especially for You fund has helped more than 6,400+ individuals with 14,000 services right here in Linn County.
General Mills and Mercy Medical Center are co-founders of the race, which includes a 5K run, 5K walk and a one-mile family fun walk. The course route finishes in the NewBo district where participants enjoyed music, free kids’ activities, team photo opportunities, mascots, massages, a health fair and a pancake breakfast.
The Especially for You Race has experienced tremendous growth since the first race in 1991, when 1,078 people participated. The race and Especially for You fund are dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a Whittier resident and General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991. It was her wish to establish a race to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and education.
-Total registrants: 15,198 (in 2017 there were 14,700)
-Money raised for Especially for You: More than $452,000 in race registrations
-Total number of registered teams: 460