7,000 already signed up for Spokane's Race for the Cure

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by Chris Nguyen & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 5:42 PM

SPOKANE-- Runners fill Downtown Spokane this weekend for the annual Race for the Cure. The event raises money for breast cancer research. Organizers aim to raise $250,000.

Nearly 7,000 people have registered for this year's race and organizers expect those numbers to go up.

Volunteers were setting up registration, and gearing up for the rush of participants that will come by Friday inside the Spokane Convention Center

Local board members tell us that overall event attendance is traditionally dependent on the weather, and believe that they will get a huge number of last minute entries.

 Last year, the race drew about 8,500 participants.

Komen's national board sparked some controversy earlier this year, by pulling funding from the Planned Parenthood organization. That decision was reversed, but many local Komen affiliates across the country reported that their donations were down because of the flap.

The Komen Eastern Washington affiliate tells us that 75% of donations are kept local; the rest goes to funding cancer fighting research on the national level.

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