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Race for the Cure heading to Hays





The Mid-Kansas affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be hosting its 23rd annual Race for the Cure in Wichita later this month.

Next year, it will be expanding to a second race, one in Hays on Mother's Day weekend. Race organizers planned to meet again today in Hays with local officials to start planning for the May 11 race.

"We wanted to identify another place in the state to have a Race for the Cure," said Lindsay Smith, executive director of the Mid-Kansas affiliate, which covers 95 counties.

An initial meeting in Hays earlier in the year was integral in the go-ahead to have a race.

"Just to kind of see what the reception would be for having a race there," Smith said. "They were really excited about the idea of having a Race for the Cure in Hays."

Also helping was Hays Medical Center being a regular grantee in the past from Komen, an organization devoted to fighting breast cancer.

"That's kind of what drew us to Hays," Smith said.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the largest series of 5K run/fitness walks in the world. Usually, there are teams comprised of at least 10 individuals.

Teams can choose to participate in a competitive or non-competitive 5K, a 1-mile fun walk, or for children a 50-yard dash Kids for the Cure. Smith would like to make the Hays race an annual event.

"We have a parade at the end, of survivors," Smith said. "It's really a day to bring survivors together to celebrate survivorship, to remember those who lost their battle with breast cancer. Really, to raise money to help find cures.

"I think the people that participate in the race find it a really special day."