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2023 Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure: Road closures, race day schedule

The annual breast cancer awareness and support race took place at North Bank Park on 311 West Long St. in Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 31st annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicked off May 20 with the goal of raising $1 million.

The annual breast cancer awareness and support race took place at North Bank Park on 311 West Long St. in Columbus and was 3.1 miles in length. There was also a shorter 1-mile Family Fun Walk. 

Credit: Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Race Day Schedule

6:30 a.m. – Registration opens

7 a.m. – Expo and Hope Village opens

8:20 a.m. – Parade of Hope

8:30 a.m. Opening ceremony

8:45 a.m. Timed 5k kicks off

9 a.m. Block party starts

11 a.m. Conclusion of the event

For those unable to get to the race in Columbus, the organization says you can join in from home. Hop on the treadmill, run outside or take to park paths to join in on the celebration and event.

In honor of the race, there was also a Columbus Race Spirit Week from May 14-19 where participants could take place in themed days from home. Some of the days include, “Self Care Sunday,” “Light Up the Night Monday" and “Cheers Tuesday”.

The organization suggested sharing photos with the Facebook group to stay connected with others in the community.

All race participants will get a T-shirt mailed to them. Survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer received shirts in special colors to signify their role in the event. 

Proceeds for the race go to breast cancer research, care for patients, community support and to advocacy groups fighting for government funding and patient support and research.

Road Closures

Road closures are expected to take place starting overnight on Saturday and will remain in effect until around noon. Roads in the North Bank Park area will be closed to traffic while the race is going on. 

Saturday, May 20 between 2 a.m. and 12 p.m.

  • Long Street will be closed between High Street to the east and Hocking Street to the west.
  • Spring Street will be closed from West Street to the east, and Hocking Street to the west.
  • Neil Avenue will be closed from Nationwide Boulevard on the north to the combined start/finish line to the south.
  • A rolling closure of the course route begins at 8:15 a.m., with most roads reopening by 10:30 a.m.

COTA Reroutes

Those riding public transportation near the location of the race on Saturday should expect delays and reroutes, COTA announced Thursday.

On Saturday, Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 102, CMAX and Zoo Bus will be rerouted in the downtown area beginning at 5 a.m. Many transit lines on North and South High Streets, Rich Street, Town Street, West Broad Street, Long Street and Nationwide Boulevard will be closed.

Delays are expected until noon on Saturday.

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