1.       How can I register for the Race for the Cure?

YES!  There are 3 ways to register.

1.       You can register over the phone via credit card by calling the office at 515-309-0095.

2.       You can go online to http://www.komengreateriowa.org/DSMRace to the Race for the Cure tab to sign up online by 5 pm Wednesday, October 25.

3.       They can visit Packet Pick-up at Valley West Mall (1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266) on Thursday, October 26, or Friday, October 27, between 10 AM – 7 PM either day or visit the Late Registration tent on Race day between 7 AM and 9 AM at the State Capitol grounds. 

  • NOTE:  PRICES GO UP $5 for all registrations after October 25.


2.       How much does it cost to participate in the Race for the Cure?


5K Walk/Run                                                                                  
1 Mile Walk and Talk                                                                     
Sleep in for the Cure*
      Regular Registration (through 10/25)                      $35.00
      Late Registration (10/26, 10/27, 10/28)                   $40.00
Kids' Race Registration**                                  
      Regular Registration (through 10/25/17)                 $15.00
      Late Registration (10/26, 10/27, 10/28)                   $15.00 
     ** Must be 2-10 years old to participate. 
Chip Timing (Required for all timed runners)                 $ 4.00
Packet Mailing (required to have packets mailed out)  $ 5.00


3.       Can I purchase a shirt without registering for the Race?

Unfortunately, we only have shirts available for Race participants.  If you would like a shirt but can’t make the Race, consider registering as a Sleep in for the Cure participant – all the fun without the run!  You will still get a shirt and complete Race packet but we won’t plan on seeing you on Race day.


4.       Where do I pick up my packet/t-shirt/race participant information?

Once participants are registered for the race, their packets will either be mailed to them beginning in October (if they select packet mailing), or they will need to pick up their packets and race items at packet pickup. Packet pick up will be at Valley West Mall on Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  They can also pick up materials at the Late Registration Tent on Race day, but lines are long so get there early (site opens at 7 AM)


5.       When is the cutoff date for packet mailing?

The last day to register and have your packet mailed is on Sunday, October 15.   After this date, all packets must be picked up at Valley West Mall during packet pick-up or on Race morning


6.       When is the last day to register online?

The last day to register online is Wednesday, October 25, at 5 pm.  After this time, all registrations must be done at packet pick-up on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27, or on Race morning!


7.       How many people have to be on a team?

There is no minimum requirement for number of people on a team, but we generally like to tell people to try and get at least 5-10 people as a part of the team.  It is always more fun to do as a group!!


8.       What is the age range for Kids for the Cure/How old does someone need to be to participate in the 5K?

The age range for our Kids for the Cure participation is 2-10.  However, if someone within that age range would like to participate in one of the other participation types, they are welcome to.


9.       Where can I find information about Race day activities, timelines, parking, course map, etc?

Race day information, maps, parking info, and other details are all online at www.komengreateriowa.org/DSMRace on the Race for the Cure tab or they can email info@komengreateriowa.org


10.   Where does the money that I donate to Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa go?

75% of net donations stay Komen Greater Iowa service area, serving all of Iowa’s 99 counties as well as Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties in Illinois, Dakota and Thurston Counties in Nebraska and Union County in South Dakota.  Through a competitive grant process, we are able to provide funding to hospitals, clinics and agencies to promote a continuum of care for those seeking breast health and breast cancer services. The continuum of care begins with education about the need for early detection, followed by screening, diagnostic services, treatment and post-treatment care. The other 25% of donations are put directly towards breast cancer research through the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program.

  • In the past 5 years, Komen Greater Iowa funded nearly $1 million in research and $4 million in local grants (screening, treatment and education) for Iowans

11.   Are there volunteer opportunities for the Race for the Cure?

Yes! There are many different opportunities for volunteers. Go online to www.komengreateriowa.org to learn more about all the opportunities for the 2017 Race. Participants can also sign up for their volunteer position online.


Fundraising FAQ

Q. Does the Komen Race for the Cure® require fundraising?
   A. You are not required to fundraise, but we do encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Just Imagine the IMPACT - If every Race participant raises just $100 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in an additional [$XXX,XXX] 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. [Enter in donation drop off information] Or mail to:
For donations on behalf of an individual participant or a team, please include that information with your check.

Q. Is there a deadline for fundraising?
   A. All donations on your behalf that are received by XXXXX XX, 2017 will be credited to your fundraising total.

Q. When will I receive my fundraising incentives?
   A. Your fundraising incentives are calculated based on the total fundraising dollars you have collected. Incentives are mailed after the close of our Race fundraising season, and you can expect to receive your prize sometime in XXXXXX. Prizes are not cumulative.

Q. What are some ways I can fundraise for my team/my individual goal?
   A. We have plenty of ideas on our Fundraising Tips page!


Q. How do I form a team?
   A. To be considered an official team, you will need 10 or more registered members by the morning of the Race. You can form a team or join a team online. For more information, contact us at xxx-xxx-xxxx or xxxxxxxx@komenxxxxxx.org.

Q. What are the benefits of a team?
A. Forming or joining a team multiplies the fun you will have on Race day. You can create a team to celebrate a survivor or honor someone you have lost. You can also create a corporate team and get your entire company involved. To learn more check out the Team Rewards page.

Q. Do teams have to fundraise?
   A. Teams are not required to fundraise but we strongly encourage fundraising. Fundraising as a team can be fun. Click here to get a list of fundraising events your team can do.

Q. One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
   A. Please contact [enter in Affiliate contact information] to get this corrected.

Q. Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
   A. We are unable to split or transfer donations between individual and team accounts.

Q. Will there be an area for my team to meet-up on Race day?
   A. [Affiliate enter in team meet up information].

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Event Day Information

2017 Komen Des Moines Race for the CureŽ

Saturday, October 28, 2017

State of Iowa Capitol Grounds

1007 E Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50319

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