Monday, February 19, 2018
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Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure to relocate this year

The Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure will have a new date and location this year.

In the past the race was held at Vinoy Park, but organizers said they're moving it north to Carrillon Park, near Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard N.

"We decided to move it because a lot of people have complained about difficulties finding parking," said executive director Gina Kravitz. "And we're trying to cut down on expenses."

The Carillon location won't have the high price of closing so many downtown roads and the accompanying police detail, Kravitz said.

"It will let us put more money into our cause rather than putting it on the race," she said.

The organization is also working with its corporate sponsors, many of whom own offices in the surrounding buildings at the new location, to arrange free parking.

"We were also looking for a race course that not everyone knows," Kravitz said. "We wanted to offer something different."

The race will be held on Oct. 11, the first time it has not been on the first Saturday of the month in its 16-year history, Kravitz said.

The first week of October this year coincides with Yom Kippur, an important Jewish holy day.

Last year more than 5,000 people participated in the Race for the Cure in St. Petersburg.

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