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Team NIH To Participate in 'Race for Cure'

The 2003 Komen National Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C., and Team NIH is gearing up for the challenge. Colleagues, family members, patients and friends are invited to join in representing NIH at this event, the world's largest 5-kilometer, or 3.1-mile, run/walk race.

For the second year in a row, the Clinical Center is spearheading organization of the team. In 2002, Team NIH participants were joined by more than 68,000 walkers and runners. The race has steadily grown from 7,000 runners and walkers in 1990 to 26,000 in 1995, to an average of nearly 70,000 entrants each year since then. Last year, Team NIH was one of more than 700 teams taking part. "We hope all of NIH and its research partners will once again be part of the team as we show support for this concerted national and international effort to improve women's health," said CC director Dr. John Gallin.

To make registration easier for NIH'ers, associates and friends, registration tables will be set up outside the second floor and B1 cafeterias each workday in the Clinical Center beginning Tuesday, Apr. 15 through Friday, Apr. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $25 per person. Individuals registering at the CC will be able to sign up for bus service from the Clinical Center to the race site on Constitution Ave. on race day; space is limited and will be on a first-come basis. Buses will return to Bldg. 10 after the event.

Individuals will also soon be able to register at malls, coffee shops, stores and schools throughout the area. Web registration is available now at with the online fee being $30 before May 17 and $35 from May 17-30. Don't forget to indicate the code "NIH" when registering online or at one of the sites in the community.

For more information or to volunteer to staff the NIH registration or packet distribution stations, contact one of the Team NIH coordinators: Pat Piringer,, 402-2435; Georgie Cusack,, 594-8128; or Dianne Needham,, 594-5788.

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