Rita 5K to fund breast cancer research


The Rita Foundation will conduct its inaugural Rita 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Nocatee Station Field. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization’s mission to benefit breast cancer research.

Bib and timing chip pickup is 6:30-7:30 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. Fees are: $35 for 5K race, $40 for 5K on day of race, $25 for one-mile fun run.

There will be 5K finisher medals and an award to the top first-place finishers. Post-race stretch offered by Stretch Zone. The event will feature DJ Jerry Boland, the Nease High School ROTC Color Guard, Pine Island Academy cheerleaders and the Spirit Squad “The Link” cheerleaders. In addition, there will be a raffle and refreshments from Publix and Starbucks Nocatee.

Register at the Rita Foundation website: www.the-rita-foundation.org.

The foundation raises about $225,000 annually from its event, The Seniorita. Since 1996, the foundation has donated $6,062,704 to breast cancer research.

The foundation is all-volunteer with no salary or overhead expenses associated with any of its special events.