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Race FAQ's

Race Registration

There are three ways to register for the Race:

  • Online registration (fast & easy!) - beginning APRIL 4, 2017
  • Mail in paper registration
  • In-Person during Late Registration (details here)

1) ONLINE REGISTRATION is the best way to register!

The tentative deadline for online registration is January 17th at 12:00 noon or visit us at our Registration Rallies. Information on Registration Rallies coming soon.

After this date, participants can go online to register, but they will have to go to Walk-Up Registration on January 24th through January 26th to get your Race packet and t-shirt.

2) You can download the 2017 Paper Registration Form.

Register at the Komen Houston office at
602 Sawyer, Suite 201
Houston, TX 77007

3) TENTATIVE WALK-UP/LATE REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICK UP

Academy Sports & Outdoors
9734 Katy Freeway (at Bunker Hill)
Houston, TX 77055

January 24th10am - 7pm
January 25th10am - 7pm
January 26th10am - 5pm

Q. If I registered online before the September 27th deadline, where can I pick up my T-shirt and bib?
  A. If you registered online, your Race packet with T-shirt and bib will be mailed directly to you.

Q. If I mail in my Race entry form, how do I get my T-shirt and bib?
  A. Participants who register by mail (must be postmarked by January 13th) will have their race packet mailed to them.

Q. If I register on Race Day at Walk-Up Registration, how do I pay?
  A. At Walk-Up Registration, you can register with cash, check, or credit card.

Registering for Multiple Family Members

Q. I want to register my whole family, is there a way to do that with one transaction?
  A. Yes, you can register in one transaction. However, each participant must have their own e-mail, username, and password.***Please note that multiple registration has to be done within the same payment session***

Q. My son/daughter does not have an email address, what do I do?
  A. You can use your own email address to register them.

Q. Changing Participant Types - I want to change which event I registered for, how do I do that?
  A. All untimed events are open to all participants. If you want to now participate in a competitive event, please bring and additional $5 to the Registration booth on the day of the Race to receive your chip.

Q. Do I need to get a new color bib?
  A. No, only if you are a competitive runner do you need the correct color bib and you can receive that when you get your chip once you pay the additional $5.

General Race Information

Visit our Race Day information page for additional information

Q. What day is the Race?
   A. Our best estimate is that the race will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  We are confirming this all with the appropriate City of Houston authorities, vendors and stakeholders.

Q. Where is the Race located?
   A. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® route is located adjacent to the beautiful Buffalo Bayou on Allen Parkway. Pre and Post Race festivities are held at 1000 Bagby Street.

Please note – the start and finish lines are approximately a ½ mile from the pre- and post-race activities at 1000 Bagby.

Q. How long is each event?
   A. Family Walk and Kids K - 1/2 mile, Competitive Run - 5K (3.1 miles), Non-Competitive Run - 5K (3.1 miles), Non-Competitive Walk - 5K (3.1 miles)

Q. What is the Race Day schedule?
   A. Schedule below:

  • 6:00am to 8:30am - Race Day Walk-up Registration
  • 7:45am - Opening Ceremonies & Memorial Birds Release
  • 8:00am - 5K Timed Competitive Run
  • 8:10am - 5K Non-Competitive Run
  • 8:25am - Family Walk/Kids K
  • 8:40am - 5K Walk
  • 9:15am - Runners Award Ceremony
  • 10:30am - Survivor Celebration by Baker Hughes

Q. Is there parking available?
   A. Parking is available near the Race route, Downtown Sam Houston Park and in the surrounding area. Many of these parking garages and surface lots will require a fee ($5-$15) to park, so come prepared with cash.

Ride METRO buses and the light rail from outlying parking areas to avoid parking downtown. 

Volunteer parking is available, information will be communicated directly with the volunteers.

*Please check our website throughout the race season for available parking garages on race morning.

Q. Do children have to pay to participate in the Race?
   A. Yes, if the child wants to be recognized as a Race participant and receive a bib and youth-sized Race T-shirt. However, children under 3 are not required to pay, but they must have a signed waiver by the parent/guardian (parents must sign a registration form).

Q. Can I push a stroller during the Race?
   A. Yes, strollers are encouraged to participate in the Kids K/Family Walk event only.

Q. Can I bring my dog to run with me?
   A. No, for the safety of all participants, our insurance company requests that pets not be allowed on the course.

Q. Can I use in-line skates or skateboard?
   A. No, in-line skates and skateboards are not permitted in this event.

Q. What portion of my ENTRY FEE is tax deductible?
   A. None. The IRS does not allow deductions when you receive items of value for the entry fee. DONATIONS and PLEDGES are tax deductible.

Q. I am not from Houston. Are there hotels that offer discounted rates for Race participants?
   A.2017 information coming soon

Q. Can I include a pledge with my registration money?
   A. If you would like to register and make a pledge to a participant you must specify the amount of the donation, and which event you’re registering for. Pledge money must be kept separate from registration fees because it is processed separately. Click here to download a Pledge Form to easily keep track of your pledges.

Q. Can I participate as a survivor in honor of my mother who passed away from breast cancer two years ago?

 A. No, participants may only register as a survivor or a forever fighter if they themselves have been diagnosed with breast cancer and they wish to be recognized as a breast cancer survivor or forever figher.

If you would like to participate in celebration of a breast cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost the battle against breast cancer, please purchase a Survivor Salute Flag/Forever Fighter Flag or Memorial Bird. Both are available online or on the paper registration form.

This is a great way to honor a breast cancer survivor or forever fighter with a personal touch and remember our loved ones we have lost to the disease. The deadline to purchase a Survivor Salute Flag is tentatively January 5, 2018 and the deadline to purchase a Memorial Bird is January 5, 2018 . These two purchases are tax deductible.

Q. I have battled ovarian cancer; can I register as a survivor?
  A. Only breast cancer survivors and forever fighters are allowed to register as survivors for the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®. All of the net funds raised through this event go towards research, screening, outreach, and treatment of breast cancer.

T-Shirt Information

Q. What sizes do the T-shirts come in?
   A. Race T-shirts are available in Youth sizes Small and Medium as well as Adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, and XXX-Large. T-shirts are first-come, first-serve. T-shirt sizes can not be guaranteed as Race Day approaches.

Q. I received my Race t-shirt and I want to switch sizes?
   A. You can do this by visiting Walk-Up Registration at Academy Sports & Outdoors (Oct 4th, 5th, or 6th) or on race day (sizes limited and are not guaranteed).

Academy Sports & Outdoors
9734 Katy Freeway (at Bunker Hill)
Houston, TX 77055

Q. What are the branding restrictions for Team t-shirts?
   A. Because they are tightly licensed marks, the terms “Susan G. Komen," "Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure" and any variation thereof, as well as our trademarked pink ribbon logos, may NOT be used on t-shirts. Generic pink ribbons of your own design, and your own personal slogans and taglines may be used. Use of the Susan G. Komen® logo is restricted for 2017 Corporate Sponsors only.

Fundraising FAQ

Q. Does the Komen Race for the Cure® require fundraising?
   A. We encourage all participants to raise $150 – the cost of one mammogram. Just Imagine the IMPACT - If every Race participant raises just $150 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in an additional $2.7 million to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community!

Q. Does the money raised stay right here in our community?
   A. Yes! Up to seventy-five percent of the net income from the Race stays right here in our community to fund vital breast cancer health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. The remaining twenty-five percent supports Komen’s national research and training grants program

Q. Where do I send donations? 
   A. Donations can be brought to the Registration Tent on Race Day, or mailed to:

Komen Houston Race for the Cure®
Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Houston PO Box 4080
Houston, Texas 77210

Team Information

Q. How do I form a team?
   A. To form a team, one person from your organization or group needs to set up the team here and register as the team captain.

How to Form a Team

  1. Go to the Komen Houston website at www.komen-houston.org
  2. Click on Race for the Cure on the top navigation header
  3. On the Race welcome page, click on “Form a Team” on the right hand side of the screen
  4.  In the second gray box, please enter your Team Name, select a Team Division and enter a Fundraising Goal (optional)4. Follow the registration process 
  5. Print and review the 2017 Team Captain Packet
  6. Recruit and email potential team members with the team name and the following process to join the team! It will be easy for the Team Captain to communicate with the team using the website. Go to My Race Login on the left to create your communications and email blasts!

How to Join a Team

  1. Go to the Komen Houston website at www.komen-houston.org
  2. Click on Race for the Cure on the top navigation header
  3. On the Race welcome page, click on “Join a Team” on the right hand side of the screen
  4. Enter and search for the name of the team you would like to join
  5. Under Search Results, find the team you would like to join
  6. Click on "Join" to the right of the team name Follow the registration process
  7. Start fundraising!

Start Recruiting Team Members and Encouraging Fundraising
Let other team members know the name of the team. They can then register online by selecting “Join an Existing Team” button online. They will then be asked to search for and select a team name and will then follow the same registration process.

Q. How does my company/organization pay for all team members?
   A. Some teams like to pay the fee for all team members. If you would like to do this, you may call the office and prepay with either a credit card or mailed check. Once we have your payment processed, we will create a code for you to distribute to team members. With the discount code, team members can register online as part of your team but bypass the payment section with the code. Contact Nicole Hayes at nhayes@komen-houston.org or 713-783-9188 ext 114

Q. Is there a place for my team to meet on Race Day?
   A. There will be a Teams Meeting Area in the expo area. Here you will have the opportunity to get your team picture taken! If you choose another area, we suggest meeting 1 - 2 blocks away at a time that you designate. Please communicate the time and place to all of your team members.