On Saturday, Oct. 22, thousands of walkers and runners will experience the 26th Walk for Life and a rebranded race—“Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon”—all benefiting Palmetto Health Breast Center.
New walk and certified race routes will showcase the vibrant city of Columbia and will begin and end around Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies. Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon runners will run along the beautiful Congaree River, historic Elmwood Park and other areas of downtown Columbia before ending the race at home plate in Spirit Communications Park. Other race options will be 5K and 10K certified races administered by Strictly Running. On Friday, Oct. 21, Palmetto Health Foundation will host an expo for walkers and runners at Spirit Communications Park.
Registration, open now, includes an event shirt, and breast cancer survivors will receive a special pink bandana. Click here for more information or to register.
Proceeds in recent years have helped fund 3D Tomosythesis software for Palmetto Health Breast Center at Richland, a whole breast ultrasound system for Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge and a new digital mammography system for the mobile mammography unit.
Walk for Life began in 1991 when former First Lady of Columbia, Beth Coble, founded the event with Palmetto Health Baptist (formerly Baptist Medical Center) leaders. For 26 years, the event has educated women and men about the importance of early detection and has raised funds for the latest technology, programs and services for patients and families helped by Palmetto Health Breast Center. Event proceeds, to date, total more than $8 million, including in-kind donations and stay in the Midlands of South Carolina at Palmetto Health Breast Center, where an average of 40,000 mammograms are performed each year.