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'Team NIH' Enters Race for Cure

Grab those running or walking shoes — the first-ever "Team NIH" will be at the 2002 Komen National Race for the Cure starting line on Saturday, June 1 in Washington, D.C.; colleagues, family members, patients and friends are invited to join together in representing NIH.

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson recently helped kick off Capital Celebration, the opening activity for the National Race for the Cure, the world's largest five-kilometer, or 3.1-mile, run/walk. It is part of a series of 5K runs and fitness walks in support of breast cancer research and breast health initiatives, with more than 1 million participants in at least 100 American cities and three foreign countries.

The national race has grown steadily from 7,000 runners and walkers in 1990 to 26,000 in 1995, to a record number of more than 72,000 last June. That number in 2001 included 720 teams.

This year the Clinical Center is spearheading organization of Team NIH. "We hope all of NIH and its research partners will be part of the team as we show support for this concerted national and international women's health endeavor," said CC director Dr. John Gallin.

Registration will soon be available throughout the community at local merchants. Individuals may register to join Team NIH at any location by using the code "NIH" on their race application form.

Registration tables will also be set up Apr. 22-26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the second floor and B1 cafeterias in Bldg. 10. The registration fee is $25 per person and may be paid by check, cash or credit card. Online registration and more details are available at http://www.nationalraceforthecure.org/registration.html.

Complimentary race day bus transportation from Bldg. 10 to the race site on Constitution Ave. will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Team NIH members registering at Bldg. 10 may sign up for this service. Buses will also be available following the event to return to the Clinical Center. Race participants can also take Metro, which will open at 6 a.m. on race day.

On race morning, like other teams, Team NIH will gather at a pre-designated time and location. Watch for more details about this and race packet distribution. For questions about Team NIH or to volunteer to staff the Bldg. 10 registration tables in April or the race packet distribution tables in May, contact one of the race coordinators: Pat Piringer, 402-2435, ppiringer@nih.gov; Dianne Needham, 594-5788, dneedham@cc.nih.gov; or Georgie Cusack, 594-8128, gcusack@cc.nih.gov.


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