Boston Marathon runners inspire local Race for the Cure runners



Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A local runner said she was inspired Monday by all of the people who showed up to the Boston Marathon. She said it reminded her of all the people set to show up at the end of April in Spokane for Race for the Cure.

"One year ago today we were all very shocked and stunned and saddened by what had happened. But seeing how they handled fear and what they addressed and being strong resonates for our upcoming race,” said Race Chair for Race for the Cure Shae Fasbender.

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Fasbender said Spokane is Boston Strong. Fasbender ran the Boston Marathon in the past. She said on Monday she was thinking about all of her friends who crossed the finish line.

"They all went and showed up and didn't let fear win,” said Fasbender.

It is the same way thousands of breast cancer survivors were set to face their fears.

"You meet so many people who have this journey through cancer which is terrible. That's why I'm actually really emotional,” said Fasbender.

There are survivors who will hit the pavement for Race for the Cure on Sunday.

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"They've survived so much and they are showing up on race day,” said Fasbender.

The numbers of runners have skyrocketed since the first race in 2006.

More than 5,000 people had signed up by Monday for Sunday’s race.

Fasbender said she has worked closely with police to make sure everyone is safe at the race.

There were set to be some changes to the race due to construction along Spokane Falls Boulevard. The outdoor race expo where everyone gathers after the race will be at River Front Park between the running statues and the carousel.