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5K Run Over Pimlico's Main Track Returns

More than 600 runners competed in race that benefits cancer research.

For the second consecutive year, Preakness Week will kick off with the  “Down the Stretch for SGK," a 5K run, will take place Saturday, May 14 at Pimlico Race Course with part of the proceeds benefitting the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Runners will be able to compete on the historic Pimlico dirt course. In 2010, nearly 600 runners took part with Steve Jacobs, from Linthicum, Md., taking overall top honors in an impressive time of 17:42. Sherry Stick of Eldersburg, Md. (19:36) was the female champion. The race will be coordinated by Corrigan Sports.

“What a fantastic way to kick off Preakness week,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “We are honored to be working with the folks at Corrigan Sports, who run a first class operation. We invite everyone to grab their running shoes and join us as we unite to raise money for breast cancer research.”

“Runners are constantly looking for a unique experience and have numerous races to choose from in the area,” CSE president Lee Corrigan said. “Nowhere in the country do runners get the opportunity to run on a Thoroughbred track and infield with the prestigious history of Pimlico. Above everything, we are flattered to contribute to the effort to raise money for such an amazing cause and to be selected by the Maryland Jockey Club to manage the event.”

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from this event will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

“The course puts a fun and unique spin on the Preakness festivities and we are proud to partner with both the Maryland Jockey Club and Corrigan Sports to raise awareness for breast cancer,” said Robin Prothro, executive director of Komen Maryland.

The 5k race will begin at 10 a.m. It will start on the parking lot at Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues and circle one mile around the Pimlico dirt course. The route will continue around the Pimlico  perimeter before finishing in the infield. The registration fee is $35. Each finisher will choose between a logoed lawn blanket or performance shirt as his or her race premium. Runners will also receive a 10% discount on any regular infield admission ticket to the 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST, featuring Grammy winners Bruno Mars and Train the following Saturday.

The race is one of several events at Pimlico during Preakness Week to support Komen Maryland. Also returning is “The People’s Pink Party” to raise funds to aid awareness and research for breast cancer on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20.