BY SAMANTHA HEARN
The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Brentwood’s Maryland Farms is just days away, and the city is prepping for 15,000-20,000 people to show up.
This year the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Race Village opening at 7 a.m. before the race start at 9 a.m.
There will be several road closures beginning around 4 a.m. on Saturday. Brentwood police officer John Maxwell explains the closures in the video below, courtesy the City of Brentwood.
Several road closures will be in effect on the day of the race, and Komen asks participants to try to enter from Old Hickory Boulevard rather than Franklin Road to access most of the lots.
There will be no parking at the Tennessee Baptist Convention Building or at the Hill Center.
Maryland Way will be closed from East Park Drive to Ward Circle from 4 a.m. to noon. Brentwood Boulevard will be closed from Cadillac Drive to Maryland Way from 4 a.m. to noon. Cadillac Drive from Creekside Crossing to Brentwood Boulevard will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
Ward Circle, Maryland Way, Virginia Way, Peter Taylor Park, Penn Warren Drive and Cadillac Drive will all close at 8 a.m. and will open as participants clear the area around 11 a.m.
Granny White Pike from Virginia Way to Maryland Way will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and two-way traffic will be detoured through the turn lane when possible during the closure.
Traffic will not be allowed into the Maryland Farms area once the race has started. Police will be at all intersections to ensure the safety of the event and to direct vehicles to a different location.
The race will begin on Cadillac Drive near Andrews Cadillac. It will go west on Cadillac Drive and turn left onto Penn Warren Drive, then turn right onto Maryland Way and travel west to Granny White Pike using the west bound lanes of Maryland Way only. It will turn left onto Granny White Pike and left again onto Virginia Way.
The race will continue east on Virginia Way before turning left on Winners Circle. From there it will continue on Winners Circle until a right turn on Maryland Way then another right onto Westwood Place. From there it will turn left onto Virginia Way and continue east to Ward Circle, where participants will then turn right on Maryland Way and end in front of the Maryland Farms YMCA.
The Race for the Cure is Komen’s largest annual fundraiser and brings in nearly $1 million for local screenings, treatment and education. Each year the race brings over 20,000 people to Maryland Farms including competitive runners, families, survivors, co-survivors, researches and physicians. The fundraising goal this year is $600,000.
The course includes a 5K as well as a 1K fun run/walk. There are also family activities like corn hole, princess pictures, hula hooping, Zumba and face painting.
All of the net proceeds will be allocated to the Susan G. Komen mission, with 75 percent staying in the community to fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment.
Individuals and teams can register. Participants have the option to start a new team or join an existing team.
Registration fees at this point are $45 for adults, $25 for youth ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. All participants will receive a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure t-shirt. If you bring your dog, you must register it and pay a $10 fee.
Online registration for the race is open and available at www.komennashville.org.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @samanthahearn.