LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's crew program will once again partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to host the San Diego Row for the Cure. Now in its ninth year, the event will take place Sunday, October 31 at North Ski Beach on Mission Bay.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with the first race of the day scheduled for 7:55 a.m.
Established in 2002, the Row for the Cure event raises money from entry fees, donations and raffle tickets, with all proceeds going directly to Komen for the Cure and the fight against breast cancer. Of the funds raised, 75% are directed towards the San Diego community to support uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and services, while the remaining 25% goes towards the support of national breast cancer research.
"One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and that resonates with us because there are nine women in each boat," head coach Pattie Pinkerton said. "We have lost moms, sisters and alumni and we want to do all that we can to find a cure. This gives the university and water community an opportunity to take part and support the search for a cure."
More than 540 athletes, ages 14 to 84, competed in the Row for the Cure in 2009, marking the largest turnout in the eight-year history of the event. Last year's event brought in $21,392, bringing the cumulative eight-year total raised by the regatta to over $200,000.
All told, over 26,000 people benefited from last year's success, with proceeds covering the costs of 8,320 mammograms. 2,539 women were referred for a biopsy, resulting in early detection for 211 women. In addition, the event was able to pay for complete chemotherapy treatment for four women, a year's rent for 12 women who were unable to work while ill and three meals a day for a family in which the mother was too ill to work.
This season, event organizers have set a fundraising goal of $25,000.
Sunday's regatta will also serve as the season opener for both of UCSD's crew teams. Head coach Zach Johnson guided men's crew to wins in all of their races at the Row for the Cure in 2009, while Pinkerton's novice eight boats placed second and fourth and the varsity eight finished second and third.
The event is open to all human power water crafts, which last year included rowers, dragon boats, stand up and sit-down paddlers, first-time rowers in the barge and outriggers. Races will begin just before 8:00 a.m. and run through 9:25 a.m.
If you would like to participate in this year's Row for the Cure, you can register online by going to www.regattacentral.com and clicking on Row for the Cure. You can register yourself, your team or crew. You may also print out an entry form and bring it to the event. Click here to access the entry form.