MIAMI (CBSMiami) — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means South Floridians laced up their walking and running shoes for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.READ MORE: Celtics run past Heat 93-80, move 1 win from NBA Finals
The Race for the Cure took place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in front of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
More than 25,000 participants joined the walk/run, which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research. It is the sixth largest Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the country.
The survivor procession and ceremony kicked off the race at 7:30 a.m. when survivors walked to the stage to take part in a ceremony dedicated to honoring breast cancer survivors. The opening ceremony was emceed by CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana.
That followed a 5K timed run at 8:45 a.m. and an untimed 5K walk/run at 9:00 a.m. There was also a tot run for kids ages 2-7 being announced by CBS4’s Oralia Ortega and Joan Murray, and entertainment all morning on the stage at Bayfront Park.
Once the race is over, there will be a closing ceremony, emceed by CBS4’s Rudabeh Shahbazi and Lisa Petrillo. The closing ceremonies include entertainment speeches at Bayfront Park.READ MORE: South Florida family knows firsthand effects of nationwide baby formula shortage
Even CBS4 Meteorologist Michael Smith was there for a live weather segment on Saturday morning.
Participants race to raise cancer research funds, honor survivors and remember the people who didn’t survive.
Due to the large crowds and the race course, there are street detours and closures.
Miami Police officers have been deployed along the route to assist motorists.
No handbags or bookbags are allowed at the race.MORE NEWS: South Florida woman's bout with COVID included hair loss: 'This isn’t normal shedding'
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