Race For The Cure Draws Near-Record Crowd

By WBNS-10TV
UPDATED: Saturday May 18, 2013 9:06 PM

Roughly 40,000 runners and walkers swarmed the streets downtown Saturday morning to stand together in the battle against breast cancer.

That made the central Ohio event the country's second-largest Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

For many people, it was a personal gesture.

"My name is Laura Haines. I'm from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and I run for my mom," explained one participant.

"My name is Kathy Wolford. And I'm walking today for my sister-in-law, Danita Kessler," said another.

 From what they said to what they wore, it was clear the five kilometer course was a journey with a purpose for lots of folks.

Jeannie West explained how she was diagnosed with breast cancer 47 years ago.

"And it was a big shock, of course, to us. Being 35 years old, and not even thinking of it," West said.

The 21st annual run for Columbus was the first for West. Rather than running, she rode a special bus renamed the Survivor Trolley.

"It's been a long time. And it's been a long fight, but I go to the doctor regularly and have my mammograms and just think positive," West said.

Organizers said the number of participants was about 4,000 fewer than the race in 2012. Fund raising was estimated to be 8 percent higher.

"We expect to raise just over $2 million for the race, which will support local community programs like mammograms, education services and treatment programs," race director Becca Thomas said.

Race organizers told 10TV News that extra security measures were taken for the race in response to last month's bombing of the Boston Marathon. A larger police presence was on hand compared to previous years.

No security issues were reported.

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