SPOKANE, Wash. – This Sunday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is usually two weeks before Bloomsday, but this year’s Easter holiday pushed it to the weekend right before Bloomsday.
Race for the Cure organizers and runners said the new timing of the race should not affect participation, however, it could affect how participants choose to run the race.
The Spokane Swifts competitive women’s running team co-founder and president Heather Lefriec said she and several of the women just competed in the Boston Marathon last week. So with Bloomsday a week away, the team plans to run less competitively for Race for the Cure, running it as a team rather than fine-tuning their individual techniques.
“I think the reasons might shift a little bit,” Lafriec said. “If people are gonna race it or just run it might shift a little, but I definitely don’t think participation will be affected.”
Race for the Cure co-chair Shae Fasbender said Spokane runners and volunteers do an excellent job of embracing both events.
“This community is so giving that they support all these events,” Fasbender said. “You have people giving up their Sunday for Race for the Cure to come down and volunteer. They’ll be right back there volunteering for Bloomsday. It is just a testament to this wonderful community.”
The Race for the Cure is this Sunday.