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Saturday, May 5, 2012 -- Charleston, WV
WV Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure (iPO Event Id#: 14044)

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Laughing in the PINK Rain

Story and photos by Daniel Todd.

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A little rain couldn't stop a wave of survivors or even dampen their spirits. The rain paused while Race Director Rebecca Newhouse welcomed the throng of participants on the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol Building. An impressive group of women-- some that had won their battles and some that are in the midst-- posed on the buff limestone steps for a photo. Before heading to the starting line, the women gave out a cheer, saying to onlookers, "I am a survivor!"

With the starting line spanning all four lanes of Kanawha Boulevard, runners leaped into action at the sound of the pistol firing. Moments later, the rains came as the mass of walkers started down the course. The walkers weren't even out of sight before Caleb Bowen clocked a 15:50.5. This 5K race doesn't see too many sub 16 minute finishes.

Matthew Brafford and Jason Pyles chased Bowen down the riverfront but finished 2 and 3 with a 16:03.6 and 16:15.8.

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Allison Cox was all by herself in the women's field, finishing one and half minutes faster than former Komen winner, Maria Busienei. Cox's 18.51.6 was the class of the field with Busienei finishing with a 20:25.3. This was the reverse of last year's race were Cox was 2nd to Busienei. Brooke Horswell was 10 seconds behind Busienei with a 20:35.1.

Focusing on the survivors' expressions as they approach the finish line was a real treat. When they heard their name called, some threw their arms in the air with pride. Others simply responded with a small wave and a grin that said, "its just little ole me." The survivors were led across the line by Sharon Iskra with a 24:44.6. She was followed by Suzanne Jene and Vivian Higgins with times of 27:28.7 and 27:33.9, respectively.

As the race progressed, more and more survivors crossed the line. The rain slowly moved on, giving way to a beautiful, sunny afternoon.

Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers. Special thanks to Rebecca Newhouse, Race Director and Susan G. Komen for the Cure West Virginia Affiliate President, who works so hard to make this event a continued success.

Race Date: May 4, 2013

You came, you conquered and you persevered through wind and rain to make a difference in West Virginia- THANK YOU! West Virginia Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 2012 may be over but you can mark your calendar for next years' race on May 4th 2013. Find out more at: