Komen for the Cure

Thousands Race for the Cure in Raleigh

Posted June 13, 2009

— Thousands of runners, walkers and observers descended upon Meredith College in Raleigh Saturday morning to take part in the Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure.

Numbers showed that 22,700 people attended the race, which raised $1.75 million.

Now in its 13th year, it is the largest foot race in North Carolina and has raised more than $12 million to support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

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"It is the most wonderful feeling ever to have so many people come out and support us ... I think I’ve only cried 100 times today," said seven-year cancer survivor Mary-Margaret Manlove. "I think the hardest thing is trying to be strong, because you have so many people that are trying to be strong for you and you want to be strong for them."

Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure on June 13, 2009_32 Runners Race for the Cure

Sally Royster has been a Komen race participant for four years, the same amount of time she has been cancer-free. Royster said she wants to be there the day breast cancer is just a memory for women.

WRAL Anchor Pam Saulsby and her four teammates – together known as the Five Fighters – have been training for months for Saturday’s race.

To prepare, the Five Fighters trained together and also tried to increase breast cancer awareness.

The group, which includes Brenna Crowson, Aolani Lee Donegan, Sean Ikaika Hamre and Janice Reilly, stood near rush hour traffic along Glenwood Avenue last month to encourage drivers to honk for an end to the disease.

Pam Saulsby WRAL's Pam Saulsby talks about the race

Last month, the group teamed up with race sponsor Whole Foods to invite people to register for the race. To celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, the group painted a wall pink inside the Cancer Centers of North Carolina.

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Hamre said he will think of his mother and other survivors while running the race this weekend. “That’s inspiring to see them fighting,” he said.

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Reilly, a breast cancer survivor, said her children planned to run the race with her this year.

“I’ve been a runner…and it’s been a good thing in my life,” Reilly said. “So it’s really special to me (that) my kids have chosen this race to train for.”

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  • jreesnc Jun 15, 2009

    How about an article about all the participants who parked their cars wherever they pleased? There were cars parked on the beltline, on the exit ramps on the beltline. On Wade avenue. How did families safely walk to Meredith campus with their children from their Hillsborough st. exit 'parking spot'?

    During my stop at Whole Foods, I noticed all the participants walking back to their cars in the Ridgewood shopping center. I'm sure WF didn't mind their customers having no place to park.

    And the icing on the cake was watching a family of four with two 6-8 year olds walking across Wade ave *against the light* to get back to their car at Ridgewood. The parents weren't even carrying their children across. They were all walking across a 4 lane road where drivers, having just come off the extension are frequently still driving 50-60MPH.

    It would have been cool to see all the cars towed away, and the proceeds go to the Komen association.