Komen for the Cure

Five Fighters enter home stretch of Komen race training

Posted June 11, 2009 5:54 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2009 10:11 p.m. EDT

— WRAL’s Pam Saulsby and her four teammates – together known as the Five Fighters – have been training for months for Saturday’s Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure.

The event at Meredith College in Raleigh is expected to attract more than 25,000 racers.

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

The group, which includes Brenna Crowson, Aolani Leee 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.

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 last Sunday.

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.

Reilly, a breast cancer survivor, said her children plan 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.”