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Especially for You Race Celebrates 28 Years with 15,200 Participants

The MedQuarter | October 8th, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Oct. 7, 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 ten 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.

2018 Race Details

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

Top Business Teams with Most Members:

  1. Mercy Medical Center – 1,227
  2. Fairfax State Savings Bank – 644
  3. General Mills – 154
  4. OBGYN Associates – 154

Top Family Teams with Most Members:

1.        Team Deb: Live Life Until The End – 177

2.        Pamela Jo – 112

3.        Angi Woods – 85

Fun Facts

  • Race participants represented 455 cities, 31 states, and were from as far away as the Netherlands.
  • The oldest registrant was 100 years old.  
  • Total number of cancer survivors registered for the race – 756
  • This year’s t-shirt color was coral.  The color is changed every year.

Race results will be posted at www.especiallyforyourace.org