BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Roughly 55,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants gathered at the Mall of America Sunday for the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure.

The 5K began at 7:30 a.m. More than $2.5 million was raised for breast cancer research, education, screening and preliminary treatment programs.

The race’s top finishers were Luke Pedersen, 23, of Richfield, Minn. (at 17:40) and Janet Kane Pfaffinger, 49, of Plymouth, Minn., who finished at 20:51 and was both the top female finisher and top survivor to finish.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays in Minnesota to help uninsured and under-insured women battle the disease.

Among the highlights: Olympic gold medal gymnast Nastia Liukin lead a team of walkers across the finish line.

Organizers say the Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure is one of the largest 5K runs and fitness walks in the world that raises money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

About 50,000 men, women and children participated in last year’s event.

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Comments (5)
  1. Victim Du Jour says:

    This is a good example of what Government Run Healthcare will bring.

    Even though Heart Disease kills more women every year than Breast Cancer.

    You’ll have to wear a pink T-shirt or grow a
    moustache to get funding for someone elses
    health problems.

    And then it becomes an excuse to be angry if a sports team or an employee refuses to wear pink.

    1. I was there says:

      You’re an ass and your name explains a lot – you see yourself as a victim. Instead, there were thousands and thousands of men and women out there fighting to make a difference for OTHERS.

      I know – I volunteered and watched nearly all the walkers and runners give their time and their energy to make a difference for people they don’t know.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Next year everyone can wear dingle berries on their backsides for colon cancer awareness.

        If you had fun, that’s fine with me, just don’t give the false impression breast cancer is the #1 health problem effecting women.

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    Jonah Goldberg wrote a book about fascism and highlighted several examples of how political movements in the past have “Declared War” on things in the past.

    Most people want to see a cure for cancer, so I don’t see the reason to “Fight” or “Declare War”

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