Approximately 7,500 participants turn out for the 7th annual Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure in downtown Spokane on Sunday, April 22, 2012.
An estimated 7,500 runners, joggers and walkers participated in Spokane’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday. Last year, 8,500 people finished the 5-kilometer course. Organizers were anticipating a drop in participation because of the controversy surrounding Komen’s national board’s decision to pull funding for Planned Parenthood’s cancer-screening services earlier this year. That decision was quickly reversed, but race participation has been down across the nation.
On her mark: Spokane resident Jackie Colton lines up for the start of the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure in downtown Spokane on Sunday morning. Colton, who has been battling breast cancer for five months, was among an estimated 7,500 participants in the seventh annual fundraiser to fight breast cancer. See story on A6 and more photos at spokesman.com/photos.