FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director
508-246-3047
 
 
CORO ALLEGRO, BOSTON'S ACCLAIMED CLASSICAL LGBT CHORUS, PERFORMING AT 25th ANNUAL STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER ATHLETIC EVENT ON JUNE 17th
 
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual, statewide Against the Tide Swim, Kayak, Walk, Run and/or Aquathon fundraising events again in 2017. Proceeds benefit MBCC, which is the state's leading breast cancer organization that seeks to understand the causes of breast cancer in order to find ways to prevent the disease.
 
"We are extremely honored to have Coro Allegro, Boston's acclaimed classical chorus for members, friends, and allies of the LGBT community, performing for us this year on June 17 at DCR's Hopkinton State Park," says MBCC's Executive Director Cheryl Osimo. "They will be performing the National Anthem at 8am on the beach under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor, David Hodgkins. We are very fortunate and proud to partner with this world-renowned chorus." Following the national anthem, MBCC will be honoring Mara Bloom, Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital; Dr. John K. Erban, Clinical Director, Tufts Cancer Center; Bob Goodell, General Manager, Cumulus Media (WXLO); Dr. Barbara Malkas, Superintendent, North Adams Public Schools; Colin Peddie, President, Marathon Sports; and Maria Vetrano and Helen Privett, Co-Founders of Against the Tide for their long-standing and generous support through the years. "This year's honorees are true humanitarians and a credit to their communities for being so generous in helping the state's leading breast cancer organization work towards our goal of cancer prevention," says Osimo. 
 
The Statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 25th year at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The statewide Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 18th year at DCR's Nickerson State Park (Brewster, MA) on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
 
These family-friendly and inspirational events bring people from all demographics together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. Both events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swims, recreational kayak, fitness walk, and USA Track & Field certified 5K/10K runs. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon "Splash and Dash" component, where participants "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately "dash" in the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).
 
MBCC is inviting people throughout Massachusetts to register for one or both of the events at www.mbcc.org/swim or by calling 1-800-649-MBCC (6222). Those who cannot attend are invited to make a pledge to a registered participant or existing team. Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $40 per adult per event activity ($80 for Aquathon) and $25 per student per event activity ($50 for Aquathon) up to a maximum of 3 events. We encourage all participants to fundraise beyond the registration minimum, as all proceeds support Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Prizes will be awarded to the podium finishers and top fundraisers.
 
DIRECTIONS: DCR's HOPKINTON STATE PARK
Park location: 268 Cedar Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748
 
Rte. I-495 (north or south) to exit 21A, Main Street, Hopkinton. Travel on Main Street until the third traffic light located at the heart of downtown Hopkinton. Turn left, traveling north on Route 85. Proceed approximately 2 miles to the DCR's Hopkinton State Park entrance on the right (do not enter the Field Office on the left).

Or
 
Mass Pike to Rte 9E Turnpike Road via Exit 23A toward Framingham. Take the RT-85S ramp toward Hopkinton / Milford. Turn slight right onto Cordaville Road / RT 85. Continue to follow Route 85. DCR Hopkinton State Park entrance is on the left.
 
DIRECTIONS:   DCR's NICKERSON STATE PARK
Park location: 3488 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631
 
From Boston:
- Take Rte. 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge
- Take Rte. 6 to exit 12 in Orleans
- Turn left off the ramp onto Rte. 6A West towards Brewster.
- Continue for about 2 miles. Park entrance is on left.