Susan G. Komen: Promise Run & Relay

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

The Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay gets underway at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 20 in downtown Peoria! It is known as the most popular competitive running distance in the country. And now, the half-marathon is putting on pink in Peoria this weekend.

Half the distance, twice the fun.


The Cause

Peoria is the home of the promise made between two sisters striving to end the pain caused by breast cancer. Nancy Brinker promised her sister Susan Komen that she would do everything she could to help find the cure. Her promise evolved into Susan G. Komen for the Cure and set this cause in motion. All of the race participants will honor the original promise between sisters as they make their exchange close to Susan’s memorial.


The Expectation

Even organizer Philip Lockwood expects to attract more than 3,000 participants from across the Midwest. “If Dallas is the corporate headquarters of the Komen and Washington, D.C. is the home of our organization’s advocacy work, then Peoria is the spiritual home of the global breast cancer movement,” says Lockwood.

The event hopes to attract participants from throughout the Midwest through the Komen Affiliate network. Locally, the Promise Run & Relay will be part of the Illinois Valley Striders Building Steam training programs from April through October.


Promise_Run_mapThe Course

The 13.1-mile course has been routed throughout the river valley, beginning at the Peoria Civic Center. Participants will wind through East Peoria Levy District, Peoria’s historic High Street, Bradley University, Glen Oak Park and many more locations before finishing back at the Civic Center.



Participants will have the option to register for the traditional half-marathon or the two-person relay.

On-site registration and early packet pickup will be available at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Packet pickup will also be available on October 19 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Komen Memorial, or on race-day from 6:00 – 7:30 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center.

Click HERE to register!


Even if you’re not ready to run a half marathon for the cause, you can still donate to the foundation by clicking HERE.


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