IF YOU GO
WHAT Monster Miles for a Cause
WHERE Dover International Speedway
WHEN Saturday, Oct. 19; Registration begins at 10 a.m., the walk begins at noon.
COST $25 prior to the event or $30 the day of. Register online at debreastcancer.org.
Dover International Speedway is known for being overrun by stock cars and race fans twice a year, but on Saturday it will be flooded with walkers raising money for breast cancer awareness and prevention during The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition's fourth annual Monster Miles for a Cause walk.
Participation in the walk has been building over the past four years; last year, the event drew just over 300 and raised $15,000. This year, DBCC is hoping for even better. So far, 200 runners have signed up, but DBCC is expecting more than 300 participants, said Michelle Marshall, DBCC's event coordinator.
Registration is still open online at debreastcancer.org or walkers can register starting at 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Early registration is $25 and day-of registration is $30.
Proceeds from the walk are used to fund programs such as DBCC's mentoring program, mobile mammography unit and all of the other awareness and support resources that they provide, Marshall said.
"This is another event that puts us out there in the community so that we are known around town and to help raise money that stays local here in Delaware," Marshall said.
One aspect that makes the walk exciting is its venue. It's not every day that people get to walk the Monster Mile and have their picture taken in Victory Lane. Dover International Speedway has been more than accommodating, Marshall said.
"It's been great working with the speedway," she said. "They do anything and everything to help out. They don't charge us anything to have the event there. They open the venue to us as their way of giving back."
Giving back is exactly what the speedway had in mind, said Gary Camp, Dover International Speedway's director of communications.
"The speedway just saw [The Monster Miles for a Cause] as an opportunity to help the community," Camp said.
The rain-or-shine event will feature food and retail vendors, a raffle, and DBCC will be merchandise and holding a bake sale.
Walkers are encouraged to create custom T-shirts for the teams, to make signs and to dress up in costumes. Walkers can also participate in honor or memory of someone affected by breast cancer. Those who are unable to participate in the actual walk can register as "sleepwalkers."
After the walk, awards will be given for top fundraising team, top fundraising individual, largest team and best costume. The walk is a great fundraising opportunity for DBCC, but it is also a meeting ground for survivors.
"We have a lot of survivors come together," Marshalll said. "They form teams and help raise a lot of money for the event. They come out and get together and show people that you can get through it."