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Race For The Cure Kicks Off In St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A sea of pink will flood downtown St. Louis Saturday morning for the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The race will begin at Olive and Tucker. All timed 5K runners will begin at 8:30 a.m. and non timed runners will take off at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the race go toward funding research for breast cancer.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. but Co-Chair Susan Korn says it is not too late to sign up.

“We have nearly 40,000 people already signed up for the race,” Korn says. “For those who haven’t signed up they can come downtown the day of race and sign up right at the registration area by city hall.”

Korn says 40,000 people have signed up, but that is fewer than in years past.

“I don’t attribute it to anything in particular,” she says. “I think having 40,000 people downtown is a great success even though it’s a bit less than we’ve had in the past.”

Despite the low numbers this year, Korn says sponsorships are still strong.

Korn tells KMOX News this day is more than just racing and raising money, it’s about celebrating survivors.

“We have lots of special things for our breast cancer survivors,” she says. “We have a survivor pavilion where they can get breakfast and they can get a little massage.”

Not only does the 5K start at 9 a.m., but several fun runs will begin later in the morning as well.

Korn says security is probably not why fewer people signed up, but just in case, race organizers have extra police and bomb sniffing dogs for the event.

Chief of Police Sam Dotson is asking people to carrying everything in a clear bag if at all possible, instead of a usual book bag or purse. People are to call police if they see anything suspicious .

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