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Race for the Cure draws over 6,000 participants

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Over 6,000 people signed up the 14th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Chattanooga.

Teams walking or running coordinated colorful clothing and accessories to remember family members that lost their fight or support those currently undergoing treatment.

Many participants had different reasons why this event was important for them to attend. Some wanted to raise money for research or offer love and support.

Payton Smith says, "I'm walking for Julie Hickman. We went to elementary school together. She starts treatment next week, I hope it goes well."

The 5K competitive runners sprinted off at 2 p.m. followed by the non-competitive race and the 1 mile walk. A new obstacle course was set up for kids to enjoy next to a vendor area with rows of tents with food and items for sale.

There was also an exclusive area for "Cancer Survivors Only" designed for them to enjoy a day of pampering and relaxing.

Karen Edmondson helped organize the event and said, "cancer survivors were served dipped fruit, fancy sandwiches and lemonade and goodies have been donated, so they have a lot of swag when they leave."

Additional information on the Susan G. Komen's local branch click this link: www.komenchattanooga.org

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