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Oct. 12, 2006

Thousands to Race for the Cure on Saturday

By NATHAN CHAMBERS
BeyondTheDerby.com

Participation in the Louisville Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Race for the Cure has been increasing annually and is expected to reach a new high again in its 11th year on Saturday.

Like other well-organized events, the Race for the Cure has benefited from its own improved promotional campaigns and good old word-of-mouth between families, friends and co-workers.

But an unsettling, painful truth also underlies the trend, as race chairwoman Barb Lasky pointed out.

“Unfortunately, it means more people have breast cancer,” she said. “That’s not a good reason.”

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the United States, where the incidence of the disease has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. An estimated 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 61,980 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected in 2006, when 40,970 women are expected to die from the disease.

The Race for the Cure, which started in Dallas in 1982, is the largest fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s local affiliate. It drew 8,150 participants and raised more than $400,000 last year.

Registration for Saturday’s event already had surpassed 8,000 on Wednesday morning.

“We’ll hit 8,500 easily,” Lasky said.

The Race for the Cure includes a five-kilometer run/walk at 8:30 a.m. and a one-mile family walk at 8:45 a.m. There also will be a Parade of Pink and a Survivor Recognition Celebration at 7:45 a.m.

Lasky estimated that 1,500 people will run the USATF-certified course, while the rest will walk. The race will start and finish at Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza, taking Witherspoon Street to River Road, following River Road close to Beargrass Creek, and turning back.

Late registration for $25 is available through Friday at race headquarters, which is located on the second level at Oxmoor Center.