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

Thank you for helping us celebrate our 26th 5K run/walk!

We are grateful for everyone who participated in our 26th 5K event fundraiser.  Whether you walked, ran, purchased items or donated cash at our event – you played a part in helping fund RABC no-cost mammograms in NE Kansas!  Thank you for helping us run the race against breast cancer – a race we cannot afford to lose!

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers & 2017 5K planning committee who helped us at our event.  Your time, talent and dedication is truly priceless!

Special thanks to AMR & the Topeka Police Department for their support, care & protection at our fundraising event!

Thank you to the area individuals and businesses who supported our 26th 5K run/walk fundraiser event!

Christine Adams • Alpha Media • Anchor Gold Jewelry, Inc. • Baker’s Dozen • Dr. Bernita Berntsen • Blackburn Nursery Inc. •  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas • Blue Moose Bar & Grill  •  Jim Burgardt  •  CAPP’s Bike Shop  •  Carpet One • ClubHouse Inn • Devlin’s Wine and Spirits • Eagle Auto Wash • Exceptional (Pink) Advertising Specialities Inc  •  Kevin & Lynn Fast  •  Findables • Frame Warehouse, Inc.  •  Glory Day’s Pizza  •  Golden Rule Remodeling • Great Life Golf & Fitness • Harley Davidson • Heart to Home • Jim & Shirley Heit • Henry’s BBQ Herman’s Meats • Jean Herrold • Home at Last • Hooters •  HTK Architects, Inc • Sydney Hu  •  Jackson’s Greenhouse & Garden Center • Linda Jeffrey • Lewis Auto Plaza  •  L & H Mobile Electronics • LindySpring Water • Macfee Refinishing • Manning Music • Claudia Martell (in honor of Katy Nelson) • Sally May • Ross & Anita Miller  • The Danielle Norwood Show • Palace Liquor • Paper Treasurers • Pepsi Bottling Co. • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery • The Pink Suitcase • Pizagels • Porterfield’s Flowers and Gifts • Prairie Band Casino & Resort • Prairie Financial • PT’s Coffee • RABC Board of Directors • David Rodeheffer • Rita Roeder • Qdoba • Quilting by Ginger • Scrapbooks Etc. • Security Benefit • Val Smith • Sports Center • Sport Zone • St. Francis General/Vascular/Bariatric Surgery • St. Francis HealthCare  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare • USD Topeka West High School • Vintage Stock • Washburn University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity & Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority • WestSide Stamp & Award • Wheatland Antique Mall • Whirled Hair Design • WIBW TV • Wolfe’s Camera

5K Running Awards & Rules

Belle Ave 5K course Overall winners:
Female – Michelle A. Andrew – 18:27.80 (2017)
Male – Josh Smith – 17:22.62 (2015)

2017 5K Results

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.

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