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Race for the Cure reaches top as 5K draw with 4,980 entries Event, in its third year, set for harbor Saturday


It has joined the Lady Avia 10K and the Road Runners Club of America's Women's Distance Festival 5K as one of the premier women's races in Maryland.

And in only its third running, the Maryland Race for the Cure 5K -- which will be run Saturday at the Inner Harbor -- has become the state's largest 5K.

Race director Dave Cooley already has 4,980 entries.

"There are actually three races," Chris Godack, co-chair of public relations, says of the race. "One is a 5K for women only, and you can either run or walk that. Then there's a 5K for all that men can participate in. And there's a 1-mile fun walk for all. A lot of the kids do the 1 mile."

"They have a separate category for breast cancer survivors, which is good for me because I'm not a runner and I actually have a chance of placing," said Susan Laugen, a 39-year-old breast-cancer survivor who will be running in her third Maryland Race for the Cure. "I came in second the first year and third last year.

"I really run this race because of what it's about. It was a total shock for me when I came in second, and even more last year because I just had a bone marrow transplant."

Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the goal of which is to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Entry fee is $20.

For information, call (410) 433-RACE.

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