COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s volleyball team contributed to the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure last weekend, working as road marshals for the event. The event, in downtown Columbus, had over 50,000 participants take part in the various races.

“Race for the Cure is a powerful event to be a part of, said junior outside hitter Katie Dull. “As a team, we are excited to be there to represent our program and Ohio State.”

“When you are a part of this race you realize that cancer does not discriminate, it impacts us all,” said head coach Geoff Carlston. “We will be a part of this every year.”

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure® series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 Races with more than 1 million people expected to participate in 2009.

The Komen Race for the Cure® is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure® is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. It is is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.

Up to 75 percent of the funds raised at the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure® remain here in our 30-county service area to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education for uninsured or underinsured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.