(KMTR) -- Even with fewer participants in the second annual Eugene Race for the Cure, organizers say they’re happy with the turnout and are praising the uptick in fundraising.
At least 6,000 people participated in the Sunday race, which includes runners, walkers, volunteers, and survivors. About 300 people involved were survivors.
At the 2010 event, about 7,000 people showed up, braving heavy rains throughout the race. Organizers believe last year’s weather may have played a role in the amount of people that came out this year. The 2010 event was the largest inaugural “Race” ever for Komen.
No matter, organizers say fundraising was up significantly over last year. Participants raised more than $365,000 for the 2011 race, up from the $250,000 raised in the 2010 race.
Individually, Judy Clark raised the most money with $3,304.50. Jaymie Woods came in second place, raising $2,525.29.
Team wise, in second place say Dr. Lee Daniel & the T-Zone raising 8,470 for the Race. KMTR NewsSource 16’s “Team 16 – KMTR Tickled Pink” team was the top team, raising $10,431.02 for breast cancer research. Thanks to all who donated!
Organizers say the event was also fairly green, with 75% of the waste generated for the 2011 Race going into recycling.
All of the money raised goes to breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. Komen Oregon is already planning a third annual Race for the Cure event in Eugene. So far, no dates have been set, but the event will likely happen once again in the early Fall.