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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure runs despite Planned Parenthood flap

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A Mother's Day tradition for thousands of people in the Twin Cities continues, as breast cancer survivors, family and friends put on their running shoes for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

In past years, organizers here in Minnesota have had crowds of about 45,000 runners and walkers. There was still a strong turn out despite the group's controversy with Planned Parenthood earlier this year?

For every woman that walks, there is a story, but for runners like Krista Mondahl, they soon realize they are not alone. Tens of thousands gathered at Mall of America for the race -- the group's largest fund raiser of the year.

Last year's event in Minnesota had more than 40,000 participants and raised nearly $2.5 million. But after the controversy about funding for planned parenthood, online registration for the event was down. Organizers say they had strong on-site registration, and judging by the sea of pink there was still a lot of interest in raising money for breast cancer research.

The weather could not have been better for a 5K run or walk.

 

Organizers say they won't have the final numbers of how many people turned out until Monday. As for the donations, those figures aren't expected until later this month and other fund-raising events are still planned.

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