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Fourth annual Komen race for the cure

Bloomington-Normal had its first Komen race four years ago and the fourth annual Race for the Cure is approaching.

The upcoming Race for the Cure for breast cancer will take place Sept. 13 on the State Farm Corporate South campus.

At 8 a.m. there will be a survivors’ parade, followed by an 8:20 a.m. warm-up and a 9 a.m. competitive run.

If people do not want to run, there will be other options. At 9:05 a.m. there will be a five-kilometer family walk/run, 9:10 a.m. one-mile family walk, 9:45 a.m. refreshments by Kroger, and an awards ceremony and prize drawing at 10 a.m.

The fee will be $40 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. It will be $1 more for competitive runners.

Of the money raised, 75 percent remains in Central Illinois for community breast health grants and 25 percent goes to breast cancer research.

About 2,500 people are expected to participate this year already. Registration is open until race time.

At the race, there will also be a reflection tent for people to remember those who have died of breast cancer and to honor those who have survived.

According to the Community Cancer Center in Normal, 214 people in Bloomington-Normal were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and 156 diagnosed in 2012.

To register for the race, go to www.komenmemorial.org or go to Corporate South 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 or 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Sept. 13.

There will also be a “Pray for the Cure” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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