DALLAS, September 4 /PRNewswire/ --

- Registration Open for Marathoners to Benefit Leading Breast Cancer Organization

As part of its vision to realize a world without breast cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) is encouraging athletes to participate in Team Marathon, a new initiative that aligns Komen for the Cure with committed, passionate marathon and half marathon runners in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research and community health programs.

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Participants can choose to run in a race where Komen is an official marathon partner, or they can decide to fundraise for Komen in any half or full marathon they choose to run. Team Marathon provides different options so runners can decide which fundraising option will fit their training and fundraising goals.

"We are constantly exploring new fundraising options so anyone -- whether their hobbies include running, walking or shopping -- can get behind a cause they believe in," said Katrina McGhee, vice president of marketing for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "This new initiative will bring a whole new level of committed people on board to support Komen for the Cure's promise to end breast cancer forever."

Team Marathon participants receive support from Komen for the Cure every step of the way. After runners register on http://www.komen.org/marathon, they can build their own marathon Web page, track their daily training course, join marathon online communities and get great tips for fundraising. Runners' friends and family can also visit the Web page and donate in their honor.

Runners can commit to raising a minimum of US$2,200 by participating in an official Komen marathon, or they can choose to raise US$250 and run in any marathon or half marathon of their choice.

For those running an official Komen marathon, 50 percent of donations raised through Team Marathon will support community-based breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in the local community where the marathon or half marathon is run. The remaining 50 percent will fund national research to find the cures for breast cancer. One hundred percent of the donations received from participants running a marathon of their choice will go toward national research.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure's official marathon partners include the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, P.F. Chang's(R) Rock 'n' Roll Marathon(TM) and Half Marathon, San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon(TM) and Half Marathon, Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon(TM). In addition, international races Flora London Marathon and real-Berlin Marathon have been added for 2009.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R), we have invested more than US$1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877-GO-KOMEN.

Web site: http://www.komen.org

Ali Adams, +1-972-701-2007, aadams@komen.org, or Sharon Roberts, +1-972-701-2146, sroberts@komen.org, both of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) ; Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070122/NYM084LOGO, AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org, PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com