Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Is Sunday, October 12, in Phoenix

The 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is happening on Sunday, October 12, at Cesar Chavez Plaza and for those of you who want to get involved but aren't sure how, we've got all the details to make that happen. The event, which raises breast cancer awareness and funds for education and research, will be accepting registration for individuals online until noon on Friday, October 10, and on-site the day of the race beginning at 6:45 a.m.

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Race registration runs $35 for participants 13 or older, $20 for breast cancer survivors, and $20 for children 12 or younger. Each racer will be charged an additional $5 should they choose to sign up for a timed race.

Depending on cardio skill-level and schedule, participants can register for either the one-mile walk/run happening at 7:35 a.m., the breast cancer survivor 5K run at 8:05 a.m., the 5K run at 8:20 a.m., or the 5K walk at 8:40 a.m.

Following the races, there will be a survivor ceremony and awards announcement. Racers can push their little one along for the ride in strollers but must leaves their pets, bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards at home.

Oh, and all things pink -- T-shirts, tutus, wings, etc. -- are always welcome.

For those who have never run a race before but figure saving the tatas is a good excuse to start, here are some tips to getting the most of your race come Sunday.

1. Load up on carbohydrates.

Forget your Atkins diet for the weekend and say hello to some healthy delicious carbs. Food is fuel and fuel is what you'll need to power through the roughly 3.5 miles of cardio this weekend. Just be sure you don't pull a Michael Scott and binge eat an entire entree of fettucini alfredo minutes before the starting gun.

2. Hydrate beforehand.

Drinking water by mouth isn't as quick as attaching an IV bag to your arm. So if you'd rather not pass out in front of thousands of people wearing pink, we recommend filling your body with H2O well ahead of the race rather relying solely on a bottle during your run..

3. Stretch before and after.

Injuries can happen to first-time runners and long-time veterans. Be sure to reward your muscles for a job well done with some gentle stretching pre and post-race. It's also a good idea to avoid stretching your body when it's cold, so wearing layers and maybe even doing a quick jog before the race and before you bend over to touch your toes couldn't hurt.

For more information or to register online, visit komencanaz.org.

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