BREWSTER – Cyclists descend on Cape Cod this weekend for the Pan-Mass Challenge, but next weekend is reserved for Against the Tide, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's largest annual fundraiser.
Cheryl Osimo, MBCC executive director and outreach coordinator for the Silent Spring Institute, said organizers are expecting hundreds of swimmers, runners and walkers to compete in-person at Nickerson State Park to raise money for breast cancer prevention on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Events include one-mile recreational or competitive swims, a half-mile recreational swim, 5K or 10K runs, a three-mile walk, and a one-mile USMS sanctioned swim.
The organization also made available a virtual option, challenging participants to swim or run the equivalent distance on their own and fundraise toward preventing the environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.
Approximately 12.9 percent, or one in eight women, will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime based on 2015-2017 data, Osimo said. Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer, and Massachusetts has the 13th highest rate of new breast cancer incidence by state in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
All participants will receive an event T-shirt and/or swim cap, and prizes will be awarded for the top swim and run finishers of the in-person events.
Open through Friday, Aug. 12, registration for both the virtual and in-person options is $40 for an individual participant and $100 for a family registration (up to five family members) at www.mbcc.org/swim Children under 10 may register for free.
The one-mile competitive swim starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K and 10K runs are set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.