MIAMI (CBSMiami) — 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 18th annual Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale Race for the Cure.

The Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013  in front of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

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

The day begins with a Survivor Procession and Ceremony at 7:30 am. Survivors will walk to the stage and take part in a ceremony dedicated to honoring breast cancer survivors.  The opening ceremony will be emceed by CBS4’s Lissette Gonzalez. The race begins at 8:30.

Once the race is over, there will be a closing ceremony, emceed by CBS4’s Summer Knowles. Closing ceremonies include entertainment speeches at Bayfront Park.

The South Florida leg of the national movement had more than 20,00 participants and 15,000 spectators last year who helped raise $2 million for breast cancer research.

This year, about 20,000 people are expected to participate and an additional 10,000 spectators, and there’s still time to register.

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

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Due to the large crowds and the race course, there will be street detours and closures. Expect delays and plan to arrive early.

Miami Police officers will be deployed along the route to assist motorists.

In addition, no handbags or bookbags will be allowed at the race this year.

Participants can take Metrorail to the race. To get to Bayfront Park, ride Metrorail to the Government Center Station, then transfer to Metromover’s Inner Loop. Exit at the Bayfront Park Metromover station. You can also transfer to Metromover from the Brickell Metrorail station. From the Brickell Metromover station, take the northbound Metromover train to Bayfront Park station.

Metromover is free. Metrorail is $2 per trip. Use the Train Tracker on Race Day for real-time Metrorail service info at

Since 1996, the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Komen affiliate has raised more than $12 million for breast cancer screening, treatment and research programs.

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