September 8 & 9, 2017 5K Run/Walk Event

26 Years and Still Running

Join us on September 8 & 9, 2017 for our 26th 5K run/walk event at Topeka West High School.  Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels will enjoy this family friendly fun event.  We will honor those who are fighting the fight against breast cancer, remember those who are no longer with us and raise awareness about the importance of early detection.  The Race Against Breast Cancer pays for no-cost screening and diagnostic mammograms all throughout the year for northeast Kansans in need.

New for 2017 – Register your dog to walk with you!

  • Registration fee is $10 per dog.  One dog per registered walker
  • Dogs must be leashed and controlled at all times.
  • Dogs must be current on all vaccinations
  • No dogs in heat
  • No dogs that could be a threat to other animals or participants.  Event officials reserve the right to refuse aggressive animals
  • Please be responsible and clean up after your dog.

Your participation in our event helps by:
1) registering and paying your participation fee as a runner or walker.  Need a paper registration? Click Entry form, print, complete and send in with your payment! 
2) learning about ways to support the RABC throughout the year
3) purchasing items from our merchandise sales at our event
4) purchasing items from our silent auction event
5) supporting our event drawing.


White gold necklace with ten SI 2 diamonds forming the awareness ribbon donated by Anchor Gold - bidding will start at $550IMG953655

This year’s offerings is a 7′ x 5.5′ antique quilt or diamond/gold necklace.  The quilt is a hand sewn antique quilt top found in the Ozarks.  It was quilted by Ginger Biesenthal from Quilting by Ginger in Manhattan, KS.  Finishing was done by Anita Leonard.  The necklace is a white gold necklace with ten SI 2 diamonds forming the awareness ribbon. It was donated by Anchor Gold.  Suggested donation is $2 for one entry ticket or $10 for six entry tickets.  Tickets available at the event.  Drawing will happen after the 5K run on September 9.

5K Running Awards & Rules

2015 5K course Overall winners:
Female – Marla Broxterman – 20:17.66
Male – Josh Smith – 17:22.62

Awards will be given to the participants who enter the 5K running competition and wear an assigned microchip bib. The top three overall male and female runners will receive awards.  A Master’s award will be presented to the top male and female runners, age 50 years or older.  Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female runners based on the following age groups:

  • 12 & Under
  • 13 – 19
  • 20 – 24
  • 25 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70 & Over


Runner Rules

  • All 5K Runners must wear the race number provided and wear their assigned runner chip bib in order to receive their race time for the 5K event.
  • Overall 5K awards will be based on clock time; age-group awards will be based on chip time.
  • 5K Runners are not allowed to push strollers or run with dogs. 5K Walkers may push strollers, pull wagons or push wheelchairs (with participant secured while on course), but they must begin at the back of the walker group.  Children in strollers/wagons must be secured in stroller/wagon at all times while on the 5K course.  Children not in strollers/wagons on the 5K course must have a paid registration.
  • A signed waiver must be received for each participant on the 5K course

What time is the event?

Friday, September 8
Onsite Registration/Registration Packet Pickup/Silent Auction
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday, September 9
5K Run/Walk/Sales/Drawing
6:30am-8:15 am – Check-In/Register
8:15-8:25 am – Balloon release/warm up
8:30 am – Race Begins
10:00-10:30 am – Drawing/Awards


Are outside Vendors/Sales allowed at the 5K Event?

At this time we do not allow outside vendors or sales at our 5K event.

What about the Silent Auction & Drawing Items

Our Silent Auction on Friday night from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm will feature many items from area businesses and individuals who support the Race Against Breast Cancer.  Come on Friday night beginning at 4:30 pm to bid on great gift certificates, creative crafts, and bountiful baskets!  The Silent Auction will continue through Saturday, from 6:30 am to event end time.  A “Buy it now” price is always available to make sure you can walk away with what you love while supporting a great cause!  While you are there be sure to take a look at items offered in our drawing for award after the 5K event.

Participant Packets for 5K event

Participant packets for the 5K Event will be available for pick up Friday, September 8th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the outdoor courtyard at Topeka West High School.  We urge all participants to come on Friday to pick up their packet.  Friends and family may pick up each other’s packets with participant’s knowledge.

Team Packets for 5K run/walk

Team member participant packets for the 5K Event will be available for pick up by individual team members at Friday evening’s event.  We urge all participants to come on Friday to pick up their packet.  Friends and family may pick up each other’s packets with participant’s knowledge. If a designated person would like to pick up all their team member’s packets, please come with a list of the pre-registered team members.  If registered participants are unable to come to the Friday evening event to pick up their packet, the packets will be available Saturday morning beginning at 6:30am at the 5K event until race time begins at 8:30am.

When is the event?

September 8 – Friday night  – 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Onsite registration/Early registration packet pickups/Silent Auction/Sales

September 9 – Saturday morning – 6:30 – 11:00 am – Onsite registration/Early registration packet pickups/Sales/Warm-up/5K Run/Walk/Drawing

Where is the event?

Topeka West High School – 2001 SW Fairlawn, Topeka, Kansas

Course Information

RABC course map 2015

At 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long, this USA Track & Field Associated certified course begins on Belle Avenue, just north of 21st Street, and travels through a nearby residential neighborhood.  Splits will be provided at the 1-, 2- and 3-mile markets and a water station will be at the 2-mile mark.

Where can I park?

It is recommended to enter the Topeka West High School parking lot from Fairlawn Road due to road closure of Belle Avenue for the event.

Do you offer Online Registration?

Yes, we will offer online registration for our 2017 event.  When it is available we will offer the link on our 5K event page.

Onsite Registration

Available during the Friday evening event beginning at 4:30 pm & Saturday of 5K race beginning at 6:30am.  Credit cards accepted onsite with a service fee.

How is the race scored?

Microchip technology will be provided with results posted here after the 5K.   To be eligible for awards 5K participants must be entered as runners and must wear their assigned runner bib during the event.  Results will be posted after the 5K event on site as well as online.

Are Strollers, Wagons & Wheelchairs allowed?


Runners are not allowed to push strollers or wheelchairs.

Walkers may push strollers or wheelchairs or pull wagons, but are required to start at the back of the walkers.  Wheelchair, stroller or wagon rider must be secured at all times while on the course.

Children must be secured in their strollers/wagon at all times while on the course.  Any child not in a stroller/wagon on the course must be a paid registrant.

Will there be event T-Shirts?

2017 5K shirt

We urge participants to register early to receive the 2017 5K run/walk event shirt.  Paid registrations received by August 24 will receive a 2017 5K run/walk event shirt if desired.  Paid registrations received after August 24 will receive an older year 5K run/walk shirt.

Breast Cancer Survivors

The Race Against Breast Cancer will honor all breast cancer survivors registered to participate in the 5K event with a complimentary gift.

Thank you to our Media Supporters


Thank you to the generous companies and individuals who donated food and drink for our 2017 5K event

Lindyspring Water
Pepsi Bottling Company
Prairie Band Casino & Resort
PT’s Coffee
Security Benefit
St. Francis General, Vascular & Bariatric Surgery
St. Francis Healthcare

Past 5K Chairs & Honorary Chairs

1991 5K Chair – Pam Alexander & Billie Hall
1993 5K Chair – Ann Hoover
1994 5K Chair – Debbie Geist
1995 5K Chair – Paula Baum
1996 5K Chair – Joni Merillat
1997 5K Chair – Sophie George – Honorary Chair-KS First Lady Linda Graves
1998 5K Chair – Joni Merillat – Honorary Chair – Mayor Joan Wagnon
1999 5K Chair – Joni Merillat – Honorary Chair – Kathleen Sebelius, KS Insurance Comissioner
2000 5K Chair – Kathy Stacken – Honorary Chair – Rose Diehl, KMAJ
2001 5K Chair – Pam Alexander – Honorary Chair – Dr. Jerry Farley, President Washburn University
2002 5K Chair – Cindy Samuelson – Honorary Chair – Linda P Jeffrey
2003 5K Chair – Pam Brandsted – Honorary Chair – Dr. Bernita Berntsen
2004 5K Chair – Cindy Samuelson – Honorary Chair – Ron Thornburg, KS Secretary of State
2005 5K Chair – Tami Zeilinger – Honorary Chair – Melissa Brunner
2006 5K Chair – Pam Alexander – Honorary Chair – Billie Gibson Hall
2007 5K Chair – Jerri Blassingame – Honorary Chair – Kris Robbins, CEO of Security Benefit
2008 5K Chair – Dawn Robertson – Honorary Chair – Chris Gallagher, KMAJ
2009 5K Chair – Shirley Hollis – Honorary Chair – Sherriff Richard Barta
2010 5K Chair – Rachel McLin – Honorary Chair – Sandy Praeger, KS Insurance Commissioner
2011 5K Chair – Cindy Samuelson – Honorary Chairs – Robert Erickson, St Francis Health Center CEO & Maynard Oliverius, Stormont-Vail HealthCare CEO
2012 5K Chair – Brie Engelken – Honorary Chair – John B. Dicus, Chairman, President & CEO, Capitol Federal
2013 5K Chair – Breanna Berroth – Honorary Chair – Andrew C. Corbin, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KS
2014 5K Chair – Tiffany Logue – Honorary Chairs – Don & Barbara Stone, owners of Topeka Roadrunners
2015 5K Chair – Dawn Robertson – Honorary Chair – Jim Ogle
2016 5K Chair – Katy Nelson – Honorary Chair – Dustin Dick, principal of USD 501 Topeka West High School
2017 5K Chair – Paige Conlin – Honorary Chair –  Dr. Bernita Berntsen