Fifth annual Hot Pink Fun Run raises money for breast cancer research

5K, 10K and 1-mile runs scheduled
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Hot Pink Fun Run

When: Sunday, Oct. 21. Registration, 7:30 a.m.; 10K run starts at 8:45 a.m., 5K run starts at 9 a.m., one-mile starts at 9:05 a.m., awards at 10 a.m.

Where: Fountains at Roseville, intersection of Roseville Parkway and Galleria Boulvard

Cost: $30; youth 17 and under, $20; children 5 and under free.



The Placer Breast Cancer Endowment will host the fifth annual Hot Pink Fun Run Sunday, Oct. 21, to raise money for breast cancer research. This year's run will feature a new 10K, 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run/walk.

The chip-timed 5K and 10K races start and finish in at the Fountains in Roseville. Participants can run or walk the race route that follows some of Roseville’s beautiful bike trails. The untimed one-mile fun run will take place at the Fountains at Roseville.

Strollers, dogs and participants of all abilities are welcome at this fun, family-friendly event.

Participants can run/walk in the Hot Pink Run in honor or memory of a friend or loved one who has been affected by breast cancer. Special write-on bibs will be available to all participants the morning of the race. There will also be a “Wall of Honor” at the race where participants can write a message or post photos of loved ones affected by all types of cancer.

Other event features are a Saturday packet pickup/pre-race carbo load party at the Fountains at Roseville, energizing music and a Kid’s Zone.

The Hot Pink Fun Run planning committee, co-chaired by Kim Navarro of Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners and Anne Chacón of SureWest Communications, expects the event to attract more than 1,500 registered runners this year.

“The Hot Pink Fun Run’s family-friendly format and community spirit has attracted a loyal following of running enthusiasts and first timers, as well as those who are interested in supporting a local breast cancer cause,” Navarro said. “This year, in addition to our traditional 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk, we have added a new 10K route that we think will appeal to a new group of fitness enthusiasts.

The growing increase in participants has fueled the need for more volunteers. Some of the volunteer duties the group needs help with include pre-event planning, race check-in and registration, finish line support and timing chip removal, parking/traffic control, water station and event set-up and tear down. Individuals interested in volunteering can visit and click on the volunteers tab, or email the volunteer coordinator at

The Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, formed in July 2005, includes breast cancer survivors and community activists committed to fully funding the Breast Cancer Endowed Chair at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Members have pledged to raise $1.5 million during a five-year campaign. The endowed chair will allow UC Davis to recruit established researchers, build laboratory space and continue clinical trials programs, offering patients access to the latest treatments with the ultimate goal, as set by the National Cancer Institute Director John E. Niederhuber, M.D., to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer by 2015.

The group was also formed to raise awareness about breast health issues, including early detection and resource availability in the South Placer area. For more information about this and other fundraising efforts, visit