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Can I still register for the Race even though the Team Deadline (October 9) has already passed? 

Yes!  You may still register as an individual and walk with your team on Race Day.  Although your online donations will only be credited to you, you can request that your offline donations (cash and checks) go to your team (choosing to do this does not allow those funds to count toward individual fundraising for awards).  Individual registration is online through October 16 at 4 p.m. at a rate of $25 for adults and $15 for children (ages 14 and younger).  Timing chips are an additional $5.  Walk-up registration will be at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau (next to the Hilton Garden Inn- please enter through the door facing the Hilton) October 21-23 from noon to 7 p.m., and the registration rate at walk-up registation is $30 for adults and $25 for children (ages 14 and younger).  The timing chip is an additional $5.  On Race Day walk-up registration will be in Fairpark 6:30 -7:30 a.m.  Race Day registration is $35 per person (cash is recommended to make registration quicker), and there is no timing chip option.

When is the Team Captain Meeting? 

This year, instead of a meeting, we are making all team captain tools and information available to you on our website for you to access 24/7.  Click here for more team information.

When and where can we pick up our t-shirts? Packet pickup is at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau (next to the Hilton Garden Inn- please enter through the door facing the Hilton) October 21-23 from noon to 7 p.m.  Individuals may pick up their packets, and team captains may pick up their team's packet.  Team captains can assign someone from the team to pick up the team's packet.  We cannot open a team's packet and distribute items individually.

Can I register for the Race without registering online?  Yes!  We will have walk-up registration October 21-23 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau and Race Day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Fairpark.  Please bring cash to pay for registrations on Race Day to make the registration process quicker.  For any other questions, please call 662-377-4903.

What are the individual fundraising awards?  The top 100 individual fundraisers will receive a $25 Belk gift card.  The top individual fundraiser (cumulative) will receive an American Airlines certificate on Race Day which may be redeemed for 25,000 AAdvantage miles.  The top fundraising individual each week, beginning in September, will be awarded a prize!  The weekly winner is based on fundraising for the week, not the cumulative total.  For exact dates and deadlines on fundraising awards, click here.

What are the team fundraising awards?  Top fundraising teams in the following categories will be recognized on Race Day: Corporate, School, Social/Community Group, Friends & Family, Small Business, and Church.  There will also be an award for the top overall fundraising team.  Additionally, there will be an award for the largest team in the categories listed above.  Team captains should make sure they select a category when registering their team in order to qualify for category awards.

What are the Race awards?  Awards will be given in the following categories: Open, Grand Masters, Masters, and Breast Cancer Survivors as well as the overall winner in the survivor division and 14 age divisions.  The overall 5K winner in the men and women's open division will each receive an American Airlines certificate which may be redeemed for 25,000 AAdvantage miles.  Limit one per household.  They will also each receive a $25 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Can we bring strollers?  Yes, you may, however, we ask that you position yourselves at the back of the crowd at the start line for the safety of yourself and others.  Rollerblades and pets are discouraged from participating in this event.

When is the survivor photo being taken?  It will be taken at 7 a.m. on Race Day on the steps in front of Trustmark Bank at Fairpark.

What about the Survivor Tent?  We will have a designated Survivor Tent on Race Day.  Survivors are encouraged to go by the tent.  To help identify yourself, please wear your 2015 Race for the Cure Survivor t-shirt that you receive with your Race registration (be sure to indicate in your registration that you are a survivor).  Remember, no matter where you are in your treatment and care, if you have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are considered a survivor.  Only survivors are allowed access to the Survivor Tent.

Where should I park?  There is plenty of free parking throughout downtown Tupelo and the Fairpark area.  Be aware that Main Street will be closed on Race Day at 7:30 a.m. from Franklin/Elizabeth Street to Spring Street.  We recommend using Franklin and Elizabeth Streets to navigate from Highway 45.

What is the Race route?  Click here to download our Race brochure.  It features the 5K course.  Main Street from Spring Street to Elizabeth Street will be closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Race Day.  If you live along the Race route, the streets on the Race route will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.  If you live on the Race route or in a neighborhood surrounded by the Race route, please be aware that the roads will be closed for the Race from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m., and make plans accordingly.  Click here to view both the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run courses.

What is Pink the Streets?  You can show your support of breast cancer awareness and the Race for the Cure in October by purchasing a Race for the Cure yard sign and pink tree/door ribbons.  Download an order form here, or call 662-377-4903.  The deadline to order is Friday, October 9.  You don't have to be on the Race route to Pink the Streets.  We challenge everyone to support the Race and raise breast cancer awareness by participating in Pink the Streets in October!

What is the latest we can turn in our donations?  We will always accept donations, even after the Race.  To have your donations be credited to your team or yourself, we need them turned in by Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at walk-up registration. This helps us with our book keeping when you are able to turn in your donations early.  You are welcome to continue to fundraise after those dates and may collect funds to turn in.

Where do the funds raised from the Race for the Cure go?  Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised from the North MS Race for the Cure go to local grants that fund breast cancer education and screenings, and twenty-five percent goes to research grants to find a cure for breast cancer.  Our local grants are awarded in April following the Race.  A list of our current grantees and the link to the list of research grants can be found under the Grants tab of our website.  Since the North Mississippi Affiliate's first Race for the Cure, we have granted over $2.1 million in local grants, and over $680,000 for research grants.