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Friday, September 19, 1999
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'Race for the Cure' to benefit breast cancer research

By Allison Dinelli
News Writer

More than 13,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate Oct. 2 in the largest 5K race in Houston -- the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure.

The run will take place at 7:30 a.m. near the Galleria, between Dillard's and Neiman-Marcus on Post Oak Boulevard.

"This is an emotionally charged event," said Shirley Coskey, president of the foundation's Houston affiliate. "You become extremely aware when standing among thousands of other runners, mainly wearing pink shirts, which signify survivors why you are there, and that's extremely motivating.

"It's about people of all ages, from all walks of life coming together to achieve a common goal -- to fight breast cancer," Coskey said.

This year, the race is expected to draw more than the $494,000 total funds raised last year. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from the event will remain in Houston to provide screenings, breast health care and education programs for the community.

Each year when the last runner crosses the finish line, hundreds of volunteers go to work for the next year's race.

"We couldn't do it without all of the volunteers who give so freely of their time to make the race run smoothly," Coskey said. "We work one full year in preparation, and all (workers) are volunteers except for one paid office employee."

The Race for the Cure attracts both serious and recreational runners and walkers. "It's a great way for people of all ages to get involved in the fight against breast cancer," Coskey said. "We have families that participate and we also have Olympic trial qualifiers that run. The camaraderie is amazing."

The event, chaired by five-time Olympian Francie Larrieu Smith and former First Lady Barbara Bush, will feature a 5K run and walk for women only, and a one-mile family walk open to all participants. Entry forms can be picked up at Houston-area AMC movie theaters, Ford dealers, Kroger food stores and JC Penney and Pier 1 Imports locations.

The entry fee, if the entry is postmarked by midnight Sept. 21, is $17 ($10 for children ages 14 and below). It will increase to $20 through Oct. 1, and will be $25 on the day of the race.

For more information on Race for the Cure, call (713) 850-9877.
 

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