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Take Action: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Get out and get moving to support a great cause all October long.

Take Action: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There’s a whole lot of reasons why we care that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Like 200,000 of them. That’s how many women get breast cancer every year in the U.S., and about 40,000 women die from the disease.

If you know someone that’s been affected by breast cancer--and there’s basically a 100% chance you do--it’s possible you think about it for a lot longer than just a month. But there’s no better time than October to whip out your best pinks and take some (physical) action to fight this deadly disease, especially since women who exercise may have a lower risk of breast cancer. And pregnant women who exercise...well, that’s just healthy all around--for you and for baby.

So this month, lace up your (pink!) sneakers, and get active at one of these fun New York City events to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

RUN IT: We Run for Hope 5K, Oct. 4

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

If you don’t have plans for this weekend, head to Queens to run (or walk) this 5K to support women with breast cancer as well as ovarian and metastatic cancers. Bring the whole family--there’s even an early run for kids under 12.

RIDE IT: Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 11

Danny’s Cycles, Yorkville Manhattan

There’s never been a better reason to jump on your bike than this casual 25-mile ride led by Metro Bicycles and Danny’s Cycles, in partnership with Trek Women. For the 9th year, the ride will support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

WALK IT: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Oct. 19

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The American Cancer Society rallies people in more than 300 communities around the U.S. for its Making Strides events, and this non-competitive, 5-mile walk in Brooklyn is a local fave. If you can't make it to Brooklyn, there's tons of events around the Tri-state area, including one in Central Park, also on Oct 19.

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Oct 18-19

The Streets of New York City

Spend two days exploring the Big Apple for a good cause on this leisurely walk. The sunrise opening ceremony on the Hudson River will start you on your weekend journey as you wind all around New York, hitting big tourist attractions and tiny secret spots.

DANCE IT: Zumba Party in Pink

All month, multiple locations in NYC

Show off your hot moves and raise money to fight breast cancer at one of Zumba’s Party in Pink classes across the city. You’ll be supporting the Zumba® Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention which studies the effects of flaxseed consumption on pre-menopausal women as a safe, low-cost, highly accessible solution to help prevent breast cancer on a global scale.

HAVE SOME FUN: Tutu Project Walk, Oct. 31

New York Village Halloween Parade

We love men in pink tutus (obviously), especially when they’re supporting the fight against breast cancer. Hit NYC’s famous Halloween parade with the Tutu Project for Carey Foundation, Bret Miller 1T Foundation for Male Breast Cancer Coalition and For 3 Sisters, and raise some money for these three grassroots breast cancer organizations.

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