Hotspur's Hot lead singer Joe Mach finishes 16 out of 784 runners in Preakness 5K to benefit Breast Cancer research - Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Preakness week unofficially started this morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the Down the Stretch for SGK Preakness 5k. All 784 runners began the race by breaking off through the starting gate. The entire 3.1 mile race took place on Pimlico property, which included one trip around the famous dirt course, finishing in the famed Infield.
Baltimore sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. (CSE) organized the event. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Joe Mach finished in 16th place overall, stopping the clock in 21:05. He will be back next Saturday in another role. The Beltsville, Md. native is the lead singer of Hotspur, one of the six bands who will be performing during 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST.
“We are super excited to open for Train and Bruno Mars, said Mach. “I wanted to support a great cause and scope things out. This is my first time at Pimlico and it is going to be amazing when they stuff 100,000 people in here. It is going to be a lot of fun.”
Each finisher chose between a logoed lawn blanket or performance shirt as his or her race premium. Runners also received a 10% discount on any regular infield admission ticket to the 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST.
Pimlico has partnered with Komen Maryland for the return of The People’s Pink Party to raise funds to aid awareness and research for breast cancer on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20. Highlights include the second annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race, the inaugural Female Jockey Challenge and the welcoming of 87 breast cancer survivor guests for festivities with a special winners circle tribute. The Preakness eve card features seven stakes races, six for fillies and mares, headlined by the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2).
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from today’s event will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and twenty-five percent will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.