More than 1,000 women will walk and run to change the course of ovarian cancer at the Unleash the SHE 5K/10K: Presented by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. on Sunday, May 1. Since 2009 the Unleash the SHE: Presented by Mayo Clinic has benefited the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) and is organized by Final Stretch, Inc. MOCA is a statewide non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funding research needed to detect ovarian cancer early and treat it properly.
To build on the race’s popularity, in 2016 there were several race updates. To accommodate the growing event, the race takes place at the Rochester Community and Technical College. And to recognize the many men who support women impacted by ovarian cancer we added an untimed 5K called the “Support the SHE” event will that will give men the opportunity to walk and run in solidarity with the women they support. Children can participate in a 1K Kids Fun Run.
All timed finishers will receive an Unleash the SHE race medallion, and the perfect memento to remember the race.
As the event grows each year, many local ovarian cancer survivors, friends and family members take part in the Unleash the SHE: Presented by Mayo Clinic. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers, and because there is no test, it is often diagnosed at a late stage. More than 400 Minnesota women will be diagnosed with the disease this year.
Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncologist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez has taken part in the race in recent years to raise symptom awareness, but most importantly, to raise the money needed to fund ovarian cancer research. “Too often in my job, I see women dealing with the difficult emotions and physical hardships related to ovarian cancer, and I can only wish for something better. An early diagnosis test. Better treatments,” said Dr. Bakkum-Gamez. “That’s why I put so much effort into building a team and raising money for MOCA through the Unleash the SHE race. It shows our patients that we care about them and their futures.”
Five dollars of each registration fee goes to MOCA. Participants are encouraged to create their own fundraising page to raise even more money, all of which goes directly to MOCA for ovarian cancer research, support and programming.
“We’re excited to welcome the Unleash the SHE 5K/10K back to Rochester for another year – and we know this fifth year will be bigger and better than ever,” said Kathleen Gavin, MOCA executive director. “MOCA has a strong local presence in the Rochester community, including support groups and local events. We are also connected through our funding commitment to advance ovarian cancer research: MOCA has provided close to $2 million to research projects at the Mayo Clinic since 2002.”
Racers will receive a race shirt and finisher medals for both the 5K and 10K. Door prizes and refreshments will also be available.
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance:
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, providing education and support to women and families impacted by the disease and funding the research needed to detect ovarian cancer early and treat it properly. MOCA was founded in 1999 by a group of ovarian cancer survivors. Since then, MOCA has grown to an organization of more than 1,000 survivors and 40,000 donors and active members with a full range of programs encompassing education, support and research. MOCA has awarded more than $4.5 million to research projects for ovarian cancer research in Minnesota. For additional information, go to www.mnovarian.org or call (612) 822-0500.
Do you have friends or family running the race? Do you have a passion for helping out? We have a solution for you, come out to Unleash The SHE and volunteer your time! We have a variety of positions available and you can choose one best suited to you. Sign up now to volunteer at Unleash the She! Email email@example.com for more information!
Fundraising & Donations:
Click here to donate a pledge to a registered participant or to donate to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance!
Give directly to M.O.C.A. by following this link: http://mnovarian.org/give-to-moca/
Shirts & Medals:
Awards will be given to the top 3 female runners in each age category: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up. Award ceremonies will immediately follow the race near the start/finish line in the park. There will also be many door prizes that you're sure to love! Must be present to win.
2017 Race Photos:
Race photography by Fred Sobottka Photography
Make a weekend out of it! We have set up special rates at the following hotels who are very supportive of our cause and our participants.
The beautiful, new Comfort Suites Hotel will be the official sponsor hotel for this event. Located in the serene surroundings of Southeastern Rochester, Comfort Suites Hotel offers all suites with refrigerators and microwave ovens, luxurious bedding, hot and cold breakfast buffet included in rate, an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness room. In order to continue to provide guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable stay, Comfort Suites-Rochester has adopted a 100% smoke-free environment. Our amenities include: Smoke Free, Complimentary Hot/Cold Deluxe Breakfast Bar, high speed internet, fitness center, indoor pool, accessible rooms, and more! For more information, check out the Comfort Suites Hotel websitehere.
To reserve your room – please call the hotel direct (507) 424-2720 (Option #3) & be sure to mention your event name to pick up your room from the block with special discounted rate of $105/night for a 1 King suite and $105/night for a 2 Queen suite.