The 11th annual Teal There’s A Cure Race is set for July 4th, 2019. The race is in honor of Maureen O’Hara, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
The race was officially renamed “Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s A Cure” in honor of Maureen, who passed away in 2012. Maureen devoted her last years to spreading awareness about the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer as well as working to make the race a success.
“She felt that we really need to get awareness out there on ovarian cancer and education. She thought if we got a hundred people to show up and we made a thousand dollars, that it would have been all worth it,” says Eileen Tickner, committee member and sister of Maureen.
The first year gathered 300 runners and made $15,000. Since its inception, the race has become an annual event and a great tradition in Central New York.
This year, the Teal There’s A Cure Committee decided to add a motorcycle run to raise more awareness and education for ovarian cancer. The motorcycle run will span 55 miles on a country road and will be guided by Onondaga ABATE. Preregistration for the motorcycle run is closed, but registration will be open at 9:30am on Sunday, June 30th at 315 Brewing Company, or 3160 Warners Road in Warners. Kickstands go up at 11:30am.
The idea for the motorcycle run was proposed by Keith Fitzgerald, Teal There’s A Cure committee member. Fitzgerald grew up riding motorcycles and enjoys riding with his wife, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has been a survivor for six years.
Proceeds for the events are given to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, GRACE’s Central New York Support Group for Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancers, and the Upstate Cancer Center. The race will start at 9:00am and finish at 11:59am. Registration is open until 12:00pm on July 3rd and costs $30. The run begins at 2443 Platt Road in Marcellus. For more information, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Marcellus/TealTheresACure5K.