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Saturday, May 3, 2008 -- Charleston, WV / State Capitol Complex
WV Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure (iPO Event Id#: 10980)

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Photo by George Gannon
A warm reception for a fellow racer
More Than Just a 5K

Article and photos by George Gannon

"Through events like the West Virginia Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, we have generated over $1 million dollars from the 22,000 Race participants since 2001." said race director, Rebecca Newhouse. "Last year alone, 165 teams and almost 5,000 registered participants and our generous sponsors have raised over $282,000.00."

The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure isn't necessarily about who crossed the finish line first or had the fastest time as droves of racers and walkers tore down Kanawha Boulevard on Saturday.

While Travis Epling (16:58.9), Bill Carney (17.27.45), Straten Schemel (17:53.75) had solid times, this race is more about remembering those who lost their battle with breast cancer and celebrating with those able to overcome the disease.

Donning trademark pink shirts, breast cancer survivors were pretty easy to spot as they walked or ran the 5K course.

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The fan club awaits
"You get a warm feeling in your heart to see the survivors who are out and the support of all the other people that aren't survivors," said Ramona Hickman of Poca, a breast cancer survivor.

And there was plenty of support. An estimated 5,000 walkers, runners and supports came out for the race.

"You just don't when you're at home or at work how many people out there really care," said Nila Stover of Red House, a breast cancer survivor.

One survivor who took to the Boulevard said seeing the droves of people made her feel like royalty.

"You feel like a queen for the day. It's a great experience if you are a survivor to see this kind of support," said Gina Bush of Charleston, a breast cancer survivor.

Race organizers say an estimated $300,000 was raised from the race to help find a cure for breast cancer.