MIAMI (CBS4) — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means it’s time for South Floridians to lace up their walking and running shoes for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale Race for the Cure.

The race includes a 5K walk and run, one-mile fun run and a tot run for kids aged 2 – 7.

The Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

The crowds of men, and women, children and even dogs should begin arriving around sunrise.

The South Florida leg of the national movement had 21,000 participants last year who helped raise $1.6 million for breast cancer research.

This year, more than 25,000 people are expected to participate.

Participants race to raise cancer research funds, honor survivors and remember the people who didn’t survive.

The race/walk will begin at Biscayne Boulevard at NE 3rd Street and loop around downtown Miami.

Click here to see the Course Map

Street closures will begin at 6:00 a.m.

Here are the detours and closures:

  • NW/SW 2nd Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from NW 1st Street to Coral Way
  • Brickell Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from SE 8th Street to Biscayne Blvd Way
  • Vehicular traffic entering or exiting Brickell Key or the many buildings along Brickell Key Drive will have access at SE 8th Street, 13th Street and 15th Street Road. A counter flow will be established on Biscayne Blvd from NE 5th Street to SE 2nd Street
  • Access to the Miami Center and the Intercontinental Hotel will be allowed on SE 1st Street
  • Miami Police officers will be deployed along the route to assist motorists.

 The majority of the runners should cross the finish line by around 10:30 a.m. followed by entertainment and speeches at Bayfront Park.

Since 1996, the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Komen affiliate has raised more than $11 million for breast cancer screening, treatment and research programs.

If you can’t make the race, you can watch it during a 3-hour live special the morning of the race from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. on CBS4.

Click here for a gallery of Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors.


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