OCEAN CITY- Early registration figures for the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ocean City next Sunday were released this week, revealing over 2,000 competitor from all over the country have already signed up.
Susan G. Komen Maryland affiliate officials this week announced 2,207 participants had registered for the race in Ocean City set for next Sunday, April 22 as of Monday. The participants are heading to the resort from all over Maryland as well as over 20 states. The figure is expected to swell over the next week or so leading up to the race. On-line registration will remain open until 1 p.m. on the day before the race, Saturday, April 21.
Walk-up registration will be open at the race village at the Convention Center in the days leading up to and including the event. For example, racers can register at the Convention Center next Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Race day registration will open at 6 a.m. at the race village.
Of the 2,207 participants who had registered as of this week, 1,853, or 84 percent, are from Maryland. Of the 1,853 Maryland entrants, about 56 percent are from the central part of the state while nearly 38 percent are from the Eastern Shore. Roughly 16 percent of the entrants thus far, or 354 racers, are from out of state. After Maryland, the top three states represented are Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.
While 31 percent of the registrants thus far are from the Eastern Shore, 69 percent live on the other side of the Chesapeake or are coming from out of state and will be traveling to Ocean City for the race. A breakdown of the registrants reveals 83 percent thus far are women and nearly 10 percent, or 210, are survivors. Race officials said they were pleased with the size and makeup of the field of competitors thus far.
“We are extremely thrilled with the amount of support we have received so far for the inaugural Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure,” said Robin Protho, chief executive officer for Komen Maryland. “Our goal was to make this a destination race and we have always felt that Ocean City lends itself perfectly to that goal.”